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Las Vegas, NV (Mar 29) – As the legislative branch of our government takes its break leaving millions of Americans wondering what is to become of their unemployment benefits, WorldNewsVine checks in on how Nevada is coping. The news of the moment is hopeful. Nevada’s online unemployment filing system is up and running. With the on again, off again news from New York, it is with relief that telephone calls made today to Nevada’s unemployment claims centers were answered much quicker than any previous month.
In addition, clear instructions are posted on the Nevada Internet Claims website. These instructions read, “Congress has not yet passed a bill that will extend the expiration date for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and extra $25 per week (FAC) programs due to expire on April 5, 2010. Continue to file your weekly claims either by telephone, on-line, or by mail each week and there will be no delay in receiving your benefits. The agency will update this message as further information is received.”
The latest unemployment figures for Nevada come from February 2010 statistics. Nevada’s official unemployment rate is currently stated to be 13.2 percent. Careful analysis of job openings posted in the Las Vegas Review Journal over the past seven months provide little hope that this part of the country is “on the road to recovery.” What was once a huge section of the newspaper is little more than a few columns long.
While the entire unemployed portion of the country holds its collective breath until the Senate reconvenes, those in Nevada are turning blue in the face. The passage of extensions is crucial. The creation of jobs any man, woman or young adult would be suitable for, and able to apply to, is critical. While the promise of “green” jobs is admirable, and much needed, it is the return of those “ordinary, everyday” jobs lost that is vital. What was once a thriving, even over-busy metropolitan area, Las Vegas is rapidly turning into a much paler version of its former self.
It is time to stop the month-to-month bickering over extending unemployment, and get legislation passed through the end of the year. It is also time for those Americans opposed to this much needed relief to put their money where their mouths are, loosen their own wallets, and begin spending.
There is one sure bet here in Nevada – those on unemployment are a boost to the economy spending every penny received on the basics of just staying alive.