Gov. Ricketts and NDOL Announce First-in-the-Nation Reemployment Program

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Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Labor announced the launch of Nebraska’s new reemployment system aimed at helping unemployment claimants re-enter the workforce.

Nebraska’s program is unique to other states in that nearly all job seekers who receive unemployment benefits will be required to enroll in an individualized reemployment plan to remain eligible for benefits. Department of Labor staff will meet with each worker shortly after an application is submitted for unemployment benefits.

A portion of the program is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program. The department previously utilized a limited version of this program for jobseekers with a high probability of exhausting their benefits.

“This program provides the one-on-one assistance that workers need as they look to transition off unemployment benefits and into good jobs that fit their skills and experience,” said Governor Ricketts. He also said that this first-in-the-nation reemployment program furthered the overall goal of his administration to Grow Nebraska by connecting Nebraskans with good jobs across the state. Thousands of jobs and resumes are posted at NEworks.nebraska.gov.

“The RESEA program provides funding to states to bring claimants into American Job Centers and introduce them to the myriad of reemployment services available to support their return to work,” said John Scott, Unemployment Insurance Chief/Region 5 for the U.S. Department of Labor.

To find out more, contact Grace Johnson with the Nebraska Department of Labor at (402) 471-4189.

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