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Horsford: 21,000 Nevadans Lose Jobless Benefits

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Rep. Steven Horsford says 21,000 Nevadans have lost extended jobless benefits since the federal program expired Dec. 28.
Officials estimate 800 Nevadans are being dropped from benefits each week as the long-term unemployed exhaust state benefits that run out after 26 weeks. 
The Nevada Democrat says nationally nearly 72,000 people are losing assistance weekly.

"As of today, 20,969 Nevadans have lost their unemployment insurance, and that number will continue to grow unless Congress acts. So many Members of Congress have no idea what it is like to struggle to find a job. They have no idea what it feels like to send out resume after resume and never hear back. The number of Nevadans hurt by the expiration of benefits will continue to climb until we get this done. The unemployed in Nevada have enough stress in their lives; Congress shouldn't be adding to it."
Efforts to extend the program that was implemented at the height of the recession have stalled in Congress.
Nevada's unemployment rate remains the highest in the nation and was at 9% in November.
The state Department of Employment, Security and Rehabilitation is scheduled to release December's jobless report on Monday.  (AP)

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