Fiscal Cliff May End Nevadans' Unemployment Benefits Jan. 2

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RENO, Nev. -- If lawmakers do not reach an agreement on extension of federal benefits, Nevadans who collect federal unemployment insurance may lose their benefits on January 2nd.

This week the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) notified recipients of the repercussions of a continued stalemate in Washington, DC.

In the past, Congress has voted to extend the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program. If lawmakers fail to do so this year, almost 25,000 Nevadans will lose benefits. In addition, another 1,000 people per week who exhaust their regular unemployment will not be able to enroll in EUC.

DETR official Renee Olson encourages people who are receiving EUC to continue filing weekly claims so there is "minimal delay if Congress does act to continue the EUC program."