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Laid-Off Workers Cost Nevada Millions

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(Las Vegas, NV) — Employers would pay $72 a year more per employee in unemployment insurance under a plan approved by the Nevada Employment Security Council.

The state wants to raise the tax due to a massive debt owed to the federal government. NESC Deputy Administrator Kelly Karch explains which employers are certain to see an increase.

“It’s that group that has a history of claims. Whether they have few claims or many claims, they will be affected by this change,” said Karch.

The debt is currently $681 million which was borrowed to pay benefits to laid-off workers during the economic crisis dating back three years.

Karch also says not all businesses will have to pay.

β€œThe only folks who are not affected by this are those who are already at the top-rate of 5.4 percent and those new employers who come in at 2.95 percent,” explains Karch.

Under the plan, employers would pay $700 a year per employee into the state unemployment benefits fund.

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