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25,000 Nevadans Could Lose Jobless Benefits

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Thousands of Nevadans will lose jobless benefits at the end of the year unless Congress votes to extend federal assistance. 

The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation says 25,000 Nevadans currently receiving extended unemployment will be cut off in January, and an additional 1,000 claimants will be dropped each week afterward. 

Nevada's unemployment program provides up to 26 weeks of benefits. In 2008, at the height of the recession, Congress enacted federal assistance to provide people in hard-hit states like Nevada with up to 99 weeks of jobless benefits. 

But as the economy improves, the federal extended program has been scaled back, and state officials say it is set to expire at the end of the year. 

Nevada has the highest jobless rate in the nation at 11.5 percent.

Additional information on services for job seekers may be found online at http://nevadajobconnect.com/ and www.jobcentral.com/nv. You can also look under the "Job of the Day" section on our page here.

Information on local support services may be obtained by calling 211; this is a centralized number for social support service directories. 

Claimants are encouraged to visit www.nvdetr.org for updates on the status of the EUC program, as representatives in Telephone Claims Centers won't be able to answer questions or provide any further information.

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