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Jobless Nevadans Could Lose Benefits

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nearly 25,000 Nevadans are being notified that their jobless benefits will be cut off after this week unless Congress acts by Tuesday to extend federal emergency unemployment compensation.

State officials say another 1,000 people each week stand to lose their jobless benefits if the program implemented in 2008 at the height of the recession is not extended.

Still, state officials are urging people to continue filing their weekly claims so they can be paid if lawmakers do extend the program, as they’ve done in the past.

Nevada offers 26 weeks of unemployment compensation. With heavy job losses during the recession, the federal government extended the period to 99 weeks in states with record high unemployment.

The program has been scaled back to 73 weeks as the economy has improved.

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