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Deadline looming for federal unemployment benefits extension


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Deadline looming for federal unemployment benefits extension

By Victoria Spilabotte. CREATED Dec 11, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Inside the Nevada Job Connect office people are plugging away trying to find work, but its proven tough for thousands of locals. Job seeker, Gail Dillard, said she just got let go. 

"You know you just keep pounding the pavement," Dillard said of trying to find a new job. "One door closes and another will open." 

Dillard protectively filed for unemployment just in case she doesn't land another job soon. But those unemployment benefits may run out sooner rather than later, if Congress doesn't vote to extend federal unemployment benefits. 

"It runs out at the end of December, it's a hard stop," Director of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, Frank Woodbeck, said. 
Currently those on unemployment are entitled to 26 weeks of state pay and the 47 weeks of federal pay. The federal pay is what's in jeopardy and Congress has until Friday to act before lawmakers take their holiday break. 
The looming deadline is a repeat of year's past. 
"The threat of this happens every year," Woodbeck said. "Its been extended a number of times."
In Nevada, 17,000 people are on federal unemployment benefits with 800 new people signing up for the benefits each week, according to Woodbeck. 
"Some people work for years and years and I don't think we should be penalized for not getting our unemployment," Dillard said. 
Despite what happens, DETR is still encouraging people to continue filing for benefits.