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March 3, 2015

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25,000 Nevadans notified that their unemployment benefits could end

The state has notified an estimated 25,000 Nevadans their jobless checks will stop at the end of this week unless Congress and President Barack Obama act by Tuesday.

The federal law expires on Jan. 2 that expanded unemployment benefits during the recession. The jobless are now able to collect checks for up to 73 weeks, down from 99 weeks that the federal government had approved temporarily for states with record high unemployment. Of that current total, 26 weeks are part of the state program, which will continue.

Renee Olson, administrator of the state Employment Security Division, said Thursday that claimants should continue to file their weekly claims so that benefits can be paid as quickly as possible if Congress votes to extend the federal program.

"This is the last payable week for emergency unemployment compensation, which means recipients will no longer receive benefits even if they still have funds available, however, we need them to continue to file so that there is minimal delay if Congress does act to continue the program," Olson said.

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  1. President Obama promised me he would keep those checks coming. I guess you can't trust a politician after you vote them in.
    This will be disastrous for the Las Vegas economy.

  2. I am amazed at the ultra-conservative commenters on this article.

    You all act like everyone on unemployment is a freeloader, they're the enemy, they are savages, they are attacking the rich and taking their money, blah blah blah woof woof woof stuff.

    You don't realize how idiotic you sound. Las Vegas area specifically still has a high unemployment percentage. The jobs aren't there. On top of that, we have a Congress that is certified to be the worst in American history. All because of the Tea/Republican Party majority in the House of Representatives who have decided before, and still, to nothing. Jobs Act Bills are piling up with no action. When that happens, you have unemployment.

    Commenters complain there are no jobs, but the Tea/Republicans in Congress don't lift a finger to stimulate the economy, create jobs or do anything.

    You attack the most vulnerable and blame it on the President. The House controls the legislation in this matter and you know that.

    I'm sick and tired of politicans of the ultra-conservative ilk who find it more than convenient to attack savagely and relentlessly the people who are not at fault for any of this. They take it out on the unemployed.

    But, on the other hand, I really, really need for you commenters on the far right to keep it up.

    Mark my words, there has been a trend going on. And you aren't paying attention. The election cycles are going against your principles.

    I guarantee that in 2014 there are going to a lot less Tea/Republicans in power.

    When a trend goes on where you cannot take care of the people in a country, the people rise up.

    And we will.

    At the voting booth.

    The next election cycle is going to prove very, very costly for this new Tea/Republican Party. As a reminder, that political party is ripping itself to pieces right now. This is helping in their self-destruction.

    Go ahead, righties. Blame everything on the unemployed. It's not going to get you anywhere to get votes in 2014. Whatever goes around comes around.

  3. It's ok guys, we cant re elect him after this term!!!