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Nevadans Still Waiting Months For Unemployment Benefits

The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation has a backlog of around 24,000 cases

By Megan Barth, August 22, 2022 11:11 am

In a scathing op-ed, the Las Vegas Review Journal (RJ) blasts Governor Steve Sisolak’s and his fellow Democratic legislators for Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s failure to timely distribute unemployment benefits.

The RJ reports:

If they operated in the private sector, those running Nevada’s unemployment system would have been unemployed long ago.

As the Review-Journal’s Taylor Avery reported recently, many of those seeking jobless benefits have been stuck waiting for months. The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, which processes unemployment claims, has a backlog of around 24,000 cases, even though the pandemic is in the rearview window. Some of the cases are from October 2021. Having to wait almost a year to receive unemployment benefits defeats the purpose.

It was a political crisis, too. Gov. Steve Sisolak tried to blame Democrats in the Legislature for underfunding the system. In his 2019 recommended budget, however, he proposed reducing unemployment insurance staffing by around 20 percent. An administrator testified that such cuts would leave the department unable “to adequately respond to the next downturn.” Those words turned out to be prophetic.

Gov. Sisolak and legislative Democrats had more than two years to solve this problem, and they didn’t do it. Your government at work.

At the height of the pandemic and Sisolak’s related shutdowns, Nevadas unemployment rate skyrocketed to 28 percent.  Currently, the state’s unemployment rate remains one of the highest rates in the country at 4.7 percent and the state’s current inflation rate recently spiked to 15.4 percent.

“Governor Sisolak has attempted to pass the buck on his failed performance since the beginning of the pandemic,” said RGA Spokeswoman Maddie Anderson. “Over two years later, Nevadans are weary of the constant dysfunction plaguing the state. They need only to look to the top to see where the steady stream of problems is coming from.”

 

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5 thoughts on “Nevadans Still Waiting Months For Unemployment Benefits

  1. I have been unemployed since August.
    I have yet to receive a payment.
    When I last talked with someone, at the end of October, they said they were working on June’s claims.

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  2. apparently nothing has changed. been on unemployment for 6 weeks since getting laid off at the beginning of December 2022. still nevada unemployment department has not processed anything at all! what a bunch of non-working, incompetent idiots. sorry, but it doesn’t take that fing long to process claims. they are all useless!

    1. I absolutely agree I’ve been unemployed just as long and these idiots still haven’t been able to process a claim real simple one too approving for monetary put me in adjudication for health made statements and claims sent them all and I still haven’t gotten it and adjudication date and it’s only 3 million people in this state or is in California if I was unemployed where 20 million people are I would already have the adjudication appointment go figure out that Nevada is a working state right

  3. So from what I’m seeing regarding the ridiculous length of time everyone else is experiencing, I filled my unemployment claim on 11-2-22 and my claim says pending resolution and has since the first week I filed. I finally got through the to a human after calling the number every day only for the automated message to tell me they are taking no more calls and hanging up on me, and the woman I spoke to was so rude and she had no answers for me anyway. She was seemingly annoyed that I even dared to call to inquire why it’s been twelve weeks and nothing has changed with my claim status. Thank god my partner has a full time good paying job to get through this rough time but even with his income we are barely and I mean barely making it! Man I used to be a proud born and raised Nevadan and this state is continually letting me and many others down!! So freaking frustrated!

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