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Long Term Unemployment Hits Home for Carson Woman

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Debbie Peart spent 35 years as a blackjack dealer in Carson City. But since December of 2012 she's been spending her days looking for full time work.

"People think that the unemployed are lazy and that makes me mad because we're not. We don't want a handout, but we do want a little more time. And I don't see how those in Washington can't see that and give us our benefits to get by."

She says that without any money coming in she is two weeks behind on rent and may be evicted and that's just the beginning of her challenges.

"I don't have money to pay for my car, or for gas to go out and apply for work. I spend about three hours a day on the computer looking and applying for work and I drive and turn in resumes and I talk to everyone I see and ask about any work. I've applied at gas stations and casinos and a veterinarian's office and even sandwich shops and I never even get a reply," she says.

And she says many of her neighbors are in the same boat. And she hopes Congress reinstates the benefits for a while. But she says she's not waiting for that move.

"I do hope they continue them. But I really hope I get a job first."

Meantime two bills concering extending unemployment benefits were voted down in the Senate today. One would have extended benefits for an additional 11 months - the other for 3 months. 
Neither one got the necessary 60 votes to pass.

Written by Erin Breen 

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