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April 26, 2015

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25,000 Nevadans to lose unemployment benefits without budget deal

CARSON CITY — An estimated 25,000 Nevadans will lose their unemployment benefits on Jan. 2 if Congress fails to reach a deal on the federal budget, state officials said.

The state Division of Employment Security said today those people are receiving benefits under a federal program that extends state payments. Another 1,000 jobless will exhaust their regular state benefits each week thereafter and not be eligible for the extension, division Administrator Renee Olson said.

Olson said the jobless should continue to file weekly claims so benefits can be paid as quickly as possible if Congress continues the extension program.

The state program provides unemployment benefits up to 26 weeks.

Congress initially extended that an additional 73 weeks for a total of 99 weeks, but subsequently dropped the extension in July to a total of 79 weeks and in September to a total of 73 weeks.

Olson said the last week for extended benefits is Dec. 29.

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  1. Jeez, listen to the hate come out...

    "you mean people are collecting UNEMPLOYMENT? My GOD! Shouldn't you be starving to death, living in a cardboard box & sick with some disease?'

    As is happens, that's the case with THOUSANDS of people here in the valley.

    Happy Holidays to the Haters!

  2. Gov can't afford it, sorry. You've exhausted what you paid into the system, now time to get a job. Gov has been "enabling" those without a job from finding gainful employment, even if it's managing a fast food joint for 25K a year. At least force those who receiving benefits to engage in some kind of technical training on the gov's dime, I'd have no problem with that. But just letting them sit around and expect to continue getting paid for doing nothing is reducto ad abusrdum.

  3. gmag39 ought to be familar with hate. He's one who spews it quite regularly. As for the 25,000, it would only be fitting and proper if they were among those who voted for Osama Obama. They deserve to pay a price for that.