Benefits Slashed To Jobless Nevadans

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(Carson City, NV) Tens of thousands of Nevadans receiving extended jobless benefits will see their weekly checks dramatically reduced because of automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

State officials on Tuesday said checks to more than 20,000 Nevadans will be reduced 59 percent beginning this week through the end of September. Weekly benefits in Nevada average $290, with a maximum benefit amount of $407.

Once the new federal budget year begins Oct. 1, a big chunk of the cuts will be restored, though benefits will be still reduced by 8 percent from normal levels until the program ends Dec. 31.

Cuts only affect federal emergency unemployment compensation, which begin when regular state jobless benefits expire after 26 weeks.

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