Nebraska labor department prepared for spike in unemployment

In the past two weeks the unemployment rate across the U.S. has jumped 33–percent, the largest since 1992.
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It’s unprecedented times all across the nation as COVID–19 begins to impact employment.

In the past two weeks the unemployment rate across the U.S. has jumped 33–percent, the largest since 1992.

With the recent changes for restaurants and businesses in Nebraska, labor commissioner John Albin expects the states numbers to rise as well.

“Restaurants are really high with their size of staff. So, if they are laying off staff that’s a lot of people because they have a lot of part time staff,” Albin said.

The state is looking to help everyone facing unemployment during these trying times.

They’ve removed the one week waiting period to file, waived the requirement to search for work and are offering businesses a short time compensation plan.

“Say you reduce your workers hours by half. So, you only have half as many people in the work place at one time and your only paying them half, then we would pay the unemployment half to go with that other half as part of the short term compensation plan,” Albin said.

He says the surge of claims in the coming weeks will be a lot for the department to handle but financially, the state’s fund is more than ready.

“Financially, we’re in as good of shape as we’ve ever been. Last month at the end of the month there was $447 million in our trust fund and the last great recession we only had to pay $200 million in benefits, so we feel really secure financially,” says Albin.

If you do need to file for unemployment, you can do so online.