July 2, 2020
The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) announced today that 4,578 new regular unemployment claims were filed the week ending June 27, an increase of 5.4 percent over the prior week, when 4,342 claims were filed. There were 1,494 new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims filed last week compared to 1,147 the prior week. Spreadsheets showing regular and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims data are available here and will be updated every Thursday. An interactive dashboard can be found here. Since the week ending June 6, new regular claims have remained below 5,000 per week.
There were 56,219 continued weeks of regular unemployment claimed last week, an increase of 2 percent from the prior week, when 55,049 claims were filed. Continued weeks refer to the individual weeks of unemployment claimed after a person applies for benefits. Weekly certifications are required in order to claim continued weeks of unemployment and receive payment. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the highest number of continued weeks was in the second week of 2010 when there were 26,075 continued weeks claimed. There were 29,521 continued weeks of PUA claimed last week, compared to 25,786 the prior week.
NDOL paid a total of $62.8 million in benefits last week, including regular, PUA, $600 CARES Act payments, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PUEC), which provides an additional 13 week of benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular benefits. Regular and PUA benefits paid each week can be found here.