Nevada’s Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment Program

Updated: Jan 25, 2018
Evidence Rating:
Near Top Tier

Highlights

  • Program:

    A mandatory program for Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants, which provides an in-person review of their UI eligibility, and personalized reemployment services (e.g., job search assistance).

  • Evaluation Methods:

    A well-conducted randomized controlled trial (RCT).

  • Key Findings:

    $2,988 (18%) increase in earnings per claimant, 4-percentage point increase in their employment rate, and net savings to the UI system of $765 per claimant, 18-26 months after random assignment.

  • Other:

    This program was evaluated in a single state (Nevada) in the immediate aftermath of a severe economic recession. Thus, replication of these findings in a second trial, in another setting, would be desirable to confirm the initial results and establish that they generalize to other settings and conditions where the program might be implemented.

Nevada’s Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment program (REA) is a mandatory program for new UI claimants who (i) have received one week of UI benefits under the new claim; (ii) have no work return date (i.e., are not on temporary layoff); (iii) are not active in other training programs; and (iv) are not attached to a union hiring hall. At the time the study below was initiated (2009), such individuals comprised approximately 20% of new UI claimants in Nevada.1

The program is delivered by trained staff at One-Stop Career Centers across the state, who provide the following mandatory services during a single interview session:

  • A UI eligibility review to verify that the claimant is eligible for benefits (e.g., has been actively seeking employment) and prevent overpayment;
  • Labor market information (e.g., on job openings, wage trends);
  • Development of an individual reemployment plan; and
  • Provision of reemployment services (e.g., job search and resume assistance, job match against automated labor exchanges, referral to job training).

The Nevada program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, which also funds REA programs in most other U.S. states. However, the actual program – i.e., specific program design and features – varies substantially from state to state. The Nevada program, including delivery of all items described above, costs approximately $234 per participant (2017 dollars). A more detailed description of the Nevada program can be found on pages 4-6 of the 2012 report on the Nevada REA study.

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References

1 Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics initial claims data.

Main Study:

Michaelides, Marios, Eileen Poe-Yamagata, Jacob Benus, and Dharmendra Tirumalasetti. Impact of the Reemployment Eligibility Initiative in Nevada. Impaq International, January 2012 (link).

Poe-Yamagata, Eileen, Jacob Benus, Nicholas Bill, Hugh Carrington, Marios Michaelides, and Ted Shen. Impact of the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment Initiative. Impaq International, June 2011 (link).

Other References:

Benus, Jacob, Eileen Poe-Yamagata, Ying Wang, and Etan Blass. Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) Study FY 2005 Initiative: Final Report. Impaq International, March 2008 (link).

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Crépon, Bruno, Esther Duflo, Marc Gurgand, Roland Rathelot, and Philippe Zamora. “Do Labor Market Policies Have Displacement Effects? Evidence From a Cluster Randomized Experiment.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2013, vol. 128, no. 2, pp. 531-580.

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