Job seekers in Nebraska will be required in the future to enroll in an individualized re-employment plan to remain eligible for benefits.
Governor Pete Ricketts says it changes the state’s unemployment system into a re-employment system.
“One of the key features of that is, the folks who are on unemployment insurance, those applicants, will get an individualized re-employment plan,” the governor says. “They’ll come in to work with one of our folks in the Department of Labor to establish that, they’ll create a resume and that resume will be searchable by the employers.”
Ricketts says the new system will do a better job of connecting the people looking for jobs with employers who have jobs.
“Roughly, we’ve got about 56- or 57,000 jobs that are available in the state right now,” he says, “so, taking the folks, especially with our low unemployment rate, we’ve got a 2.6% unemployment rate, really trying to connect those folks up is a challenge, and that’s part of what this system is going to help address.”
Ricketts says the program provides the one-on-one assistance workers need as they look to transition off unemployment benefits and into good jobs that fit their skills and experience.
“Through this individualized program, an applicant will create a resume that lists their skills, then an employer will be able to search that and reach out to the applicant and say, ‘Hey, you’ve got skills. We’ve got a job that fits those skills. Would you be interested?'”
The governor says the program furthers his overall goal to Grow Nebraska by connecting residents with good jobs across the state. It will be launched in October in conjunction with the U.S Labor Department.
Thanks to Kevin Thomas, KLIN, Lincoln