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November 26, 2014

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The sequester:

Nevadans about to see cuts in federal unemployment benefits

There’s going to be a 59 percent reduction in the payments to more than 20,000 Nevadans who will be drawing extended federal unemployment benefits.

The state Employment Security Division said Tuesday the cutback is due to the decision by Congress to sequester federal money.

The reduction will start at the end of August and last until October when the cutback will be lowered to nine percent.

This reduction will not affect those drawing their 26 weeks of benefits on the state’s program. This will apply only to those on the 47 weeks of federal extended benefit. An individual who expires his benefits on the state plan goes into the extended federal program.

The average weekly jobless check in Nevada is $290 and the maximum is $407.

The extended benefit program is paid fully by the federal government.

Renee Olson, administrator of the state Employment Security Division said there will be a significant burden on the jobless but the state must follow the orders of the federal government.

The cuts will affect anyone who is currently filing for extended benefits or those who establish a new federal claim after Saturday.

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