17K Jobless Nevadans Stand to Lose Benefits

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - About 17,000 Nevadans will be cut off from unemployment assistance after Dec. 28 under a budget deal worked out by congressional negotiators, which omits continuation of federal jobless benefits implemented at the height of the recession.

State officials say 800 people per week after that stand to lose benefits as they exhaust the 26-week maximum for state benefits. The federal program currently allows benefits up to 73 weeks.

Nationally, 1.3 million people currently receiving extended benefits will be lose assistance.

The federal program was implemented in 2008, when Nevada and other states were reeling under the weight of the recession and unemployment skyrocketed.

While the economy has been improving, Nevada still has the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 9.3 percent.