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Nebraska will apply for federal assistance to help workers who were laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing those who qualify to collect an extra $300 per week. Nebraska is the last state to confirm that it will seek the extra federal aid. Every other state has said it will apply, except for South Dakota, which refused the money. The payments are a part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s lost wages supplemental payment program. People who qualify will receive $300 per week, along with their unemployment benefit, for a limited number of weeks. 

State health officials announced 344 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 25,766 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 328 deaths. Thirty-seven percent of hospital beds and 80 percent of ventilators are available. New unemployment claims decreased in Nebraska last week. The Department of Labor reported 3,544 initial claims, a decline of more than ten percent from the week before. However, officials announced 1,570 new pandemic unemployment assistance claims for the past week. This is an increase of four-point-nine percent.

State health officials announced 198 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 20,623 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 284 deaths. Hospital capacity is currently at 41 percent, and 78 percent of ventilators are available. Meanwhile, the number of people filing new unemployment claims in Nebraska surged last week to its highest level in nearly two months. The U.S. Department of Labor says 6,143 people filed initial claims for benefits during the week that ended July 4. That’s a roughly 46% increase over the 4,203 new claims from the prior week.

Nebraska will extend its unemployment benefits for the first time in nearly 40 years in response to the mass layoffs triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The Nebraska Department of Labor says it will provide up to an additional 13 weeks for eligible recipients who have exhausted their regular or pandemic unemployment benefits. The extended benefits were triggered when the state unemployment rate hit 5.2% during the week of June 14. Other states are offering similar extended benefits based on their unemployment rate.

Labor Union Takes Aim At State/Financial Firm Partnership

May 1, 2020

A partnership between the state and a financial services company is being criticized by a state labor union. The Nebraska Association of Public Employees is accusing Nelnet of profiting off the coronavirus pandemic and paying its employees higher than state employees. The partnership was started to help Nebraska handle an overwhelming number of unemployment claims amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor's office said the contract with Nelnet includes additional supervision, organization, infrastructure, and technology.

The state of Nebraska once again broke the record for the most unemployment claims in one week. Labor Commissioner John Albin says 26-thousand-788 Nebraskans filed for unemployment last week, topping the previous week's mark of 24-thousand-572. Albin says his office has received as many claims in the last three weeks as in all of 2019. However, Albin says he believes the number of claims has peaked, and he expects to see a decline in filings going forward.

Online retailer Hayneedle will lay off some 200 workers at its Omaha headquarters in the coming months. Hayneedle's parent company, Walmart, told the Omaha World-Herald on Thursday that about 100 local workers will remain employed and will be based at the Sarpy County call center. Those being laid off will get at least a 60-day notice and will be eligible to apply for other jobs within the Walmart organization. A written statement from Walmart says the layoffs follow a decision to integrate the Hayneedle business and select functions within Walmart.com.

Nebraska businesses that hire felons could get a tax break under a measure before lawmakers that’s designed to make it easier for them to get jobs and reduce the likelihood they’ll re-offend. Supporters say the bill would encourage employers to take a risk on potential employees whose criminal records limit their job prospects, although it’s not yet clear how they’ll cover the cost of the proposed tax deduction. The measure by Sen. Justin Wayne, of Omaha, would allow companies to deduct 65% of the wages paid to workers with a felony conviction during their first year of employment.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials say Nebraska's unemployment rate remained unchanged in June at 3%.

The Nebraska Labor Department said in a news release Friday that the preliminary June rate matched the May rate and was two-tenths of a point higher than the June 2018 rate of 2.8%.

The new Nebraska rate is well below June's national preliminary rate of 3.7% — up a tenth of a point from 3.6% in May.

State Labor Commissioner John Albin says several industries, including mining and construction and financial activities, reached record high employment levels last month.

(Des Moines, IA)  --  There will be a one day delay for many Iowans who are looking to get unemployment benefits.  Iowa Workforce Development made that announcement yesterday, saying a systems processing error is to blame.  The benefits were supposed to go out today.

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Nebraska's unemployment rate is holding steady at two-point-eight percent.  According to the Department of Labor, the employment rate remained unchanged for the sixth month in a row in January dating back to last August when the rate fell from two-point-nine percent.  It's also down one-tenth of a percent from last January.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says Nebraska's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 2.9 percent in December.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says Nebraska's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 2.9 percent in October and was the second lowest state rate in the nation.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's unemployment rate dropped slightly to 3.6 percent in September.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new state report says Nebraska's unemployment rate has risen again, hitting 2.8 percent in August.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new state report says Nebraska's unemployment rate rose a tenth of a point to hit 2.7 percent in July.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says Nebraska's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 2.6 percent in June and was still the lowest state rate in the nation.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's unemployment rate rose a tenth of a point in May to 2.6 percent but remains the lowest rate in the nation.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says Nebraska's unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point to hit 2.5 percent in April, remaining the lowest rate in the nation.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says Nebraska's unemployment rate of 2.6 percent last month remained the lowest in the nation.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Labor Department says it's recovered nearly $5.8 million so far this year from people who were given too much unemployment pay, either because of errors or because they lied on their applications.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A newly released report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent in June.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in April as the state added more than 5,000 jobs.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A newly released report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent in April.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A newly released report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate inched up a tenth of a point to hit 3.7 percent in March, compared with 3.6 percent in February.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate in January hit 3.5 percent, its lowest mark since September 2008.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate has dropped again, hitting 3.6 percent in December.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in November, down slightly from 3.9 percent in October.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent in July as total employment in the state dropped for the first time this year.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate rose in July to hit 4.2 percent.

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