State auditors say Nevada’s employment department paid nearly a million dollars more than it should have on dental care after a program for people with disabilities got out of hand.
Rep. Steven Horsford says 21,000 Nevadans have lost extended jobless benefits since the federal program expired Dec. 28.
Nevada Republican U.S. Senator Dean Heller and Rhode Island Democratic Senator Jack Reed have introduced a bill to temporarily extend federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.
State officials say a backlog of jobless benefits is being cleared as a new computer system comes online.
Nevada’s jobless rate has ticked down slightly to 9.5 percent, even though the raw number of jobs in the state is also down.
About 20,000 unemployed Nevadans will face benefit cuts next month.
Nevada’s unemployment rate rose to 9.6 percent in June despite better than expected job growth.
Nevada’s unemployment has dropped to 10.2% in December. Officials with the state Department of Employment, Rehabilitation and Training say the number is down from 10.8% in November.
Nearly 25,000 Nevadans are being notified that their jobless benefits will be cut off after this week unless Congress acts by Tuesday to extend federal emergency unemployment compensation.
Unemployment in Nevada has dropped to its lowest point since May 2009.