Senator Dean Heller is continuing a recent tradition of Republicans and Democrats sitting together for the State of the Union.
Rep. Steven Horsford says 21,000 Nevadans have lost extended jobless benefits since the federal program expired Dec. 28.
Unemployment rate is the lowest in 5 years.
Nevada Republican U.S. Senator Dean Heller and Rhode Island Democratic Senator Jack Reed have introduced a bill to temporarily extend federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.
A federal budget deal does not address looming cuts in benefit extentions
Nevada businesses will be saving some money next year.
Nevada’s unemployment rate held steady at 9.5 percent in August, maintaining the highest jobless rate in the country even though it added 11,200 jobs from a month ago, state officials said Friday.
State officials say a backlog of jobless benefits is being cleared as a new computer system comes online.
People trying to file for unemployment benefits online are out of luck.
Nevada’s jobless rate has ticked down slightly to 9.5 percent, even though the raw number of jobs in the state is also down.