Job Search Waiver Ending For Unemployment Claims

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraskans who lose their jobs will once again have to actively look for new employment to maintain their benefits.

Governor Pete Ricketts had waived the requirement March 15 as part of his first coronavirus relief order, but state labor department officials say the regular rules of the governor’s reemployment program take effect next Monday,

The coronavirus and the efforts to slow its spread forced businesses to close and lay off workers, leading to a surge in unemployment that peaked the first week in April with nearly 27,000 new jobless claims.

The April unemployment rate, which came out in May, more than doubled to 8.4%, but dropped in May to 5.2%, the lowest in the nation and well below the national average but still well above average for Nebraska in recent years.