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). This is a low-cost program (approximately $250 per participant).
[Disclosure: Arnold Ventures provided funding support for the second RCT of this Nevada program, conducted 2014-2018.]
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.
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., regarding 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).
The Nevada program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, which also funds REA programs in most other U.S. states (in 2015, Congress changed the program’s name to Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment, or RESEA). 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 $250 per participant. A more detailed description of the Nevada program can be found on pages 4-6 of the 2012 report on the Nevada REA study.