Burgum separates ND from federal unemployment assistance COVID
BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – Governor Doug Burgum, RN.D., is ending North Dakota’s participation in federally-backed COVID unemployment assistance programs.
On June 19, the State will return to its traditional model of managing unemployment assistance.
Heads of state say North Dakota needs to improve the size of its workforce and hope withdrawing the state from expanded aid will help to do so.
According to the governor’s office, there were more than 16,000 job postings in April. During this time, more than 8,300 people declared themselves unemployed.
“These federal unemployment programs were intended to supplement state benefits and provide short-term assistance to displaced and vulnerable workers, and these programs have met their goals but are now counterproductive. Safe and effective vaccines have been available to all adults in North Dakota for months now, and we have an abundance of employment opportunities with employers eager to hire, ”Burgum said in a statement.
Programs from which North Dakota is withdrawing are responsible for more than $ 700 million in unemployment assistance, but the Burgum office says nearly 30% of that goes to people who do not live in North Dakota. North.
To find out more about local job openings, contact the state’s nine Workforce Centers at www.jobsnd.com.
The following describes the changes that will take place when North Dakota’s participation in the four programs ends on June 19:
Unemployment assistance in the event of a pandemic (PUA)
- What it is: benefits for the self-employed, underemployed, independent contractors and those who were unable to work as a direct result of COVID-19. This includes those diagnosed with COVID-19 or in charge of quarantine.
- How this will change: Effective no earlier than 30 days from the date that North Dakota provides written notice to USDOL, North Dakota will cease paying PUA benefits to existing claimants and will not process any new PUA claims filed after. the expiration of the notice period.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Benefit (PEUC)
- What it is: Extension of unemployment benefits for claimants beyond the traditional 20 weeks of 51 additional weeks. The PEUC allowed claimants to extend their period of unemployment where they would normally have expired.
- How this will change: As of no earlier than 30 days from the date that North Dakota sends a written notice to USDOL, North Dakota claimants who have exhausted their regular UI benefits will no longer be eligible for UI benefits. payments.
Federal unemployment benefit in the event of a pandemic (FPUC)
- What it is: Additional weekly benefit of $ 300 for all types of unemployment assistance.
- How this will change: Effective no earlier than 30 days from the date North Dakota provides written notice to USDOL, North Dakota will cease issuing weekly FPUC benefit payments of $ 300 for weeks after the expiration of the notice period.
Unemployment benefit for mixed employees (MEUC)
- What it is: Additional weekly benefit of $ 100 for those who are eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits, but also for self-employment income.
- How this will change: Effective no earlier than 30 days from the date that North Dakota provides written notice to USDOL, North Dakota will cease paying MEUC benefits to existing applicants and cease processing all MEUC applications received. after the notice period.
Job Service North Dakota is currently preparing an advertising campaign called “JobUP ND” to focus on the wide variety of industries that need workers. The campaign, slated to launch on June 15, will also highlight the skills and training needed to access available jobs. An increased focus on current workforce needs and the ability of workers to easily transfer their skills will benefit employers and job seekers.
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