Unemployed Nevadans losing extended benefits this week
The extended benefits for thousands of Nevadans is running out. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Thousands of long-term unemployed Nevadans will lose their extended benefits in just a few days.
The state extended benefits program will end July 7 because Nevada's jobless rate has fallen below 12 percent.
The program provided up to 20 weeks of additional checks for people whose basic jobless benefits ran out.
About 5,500 recipients will be affected by the loss of extended benefits but will still be able to get help with their work searches through the Nevada JobConnect offices.
Twenty-five states have already rolled off the program after Congress passed a law to phase it out.
Back in February, Congress approved extended unemployment benefits through the end of the year but it also made the help much more difficult to hang onto.
States had to report unemployment rates of 12 percent or more.
Nevada's three-month average dropped to 11.8 in May.
Everyone whose extended benefits end on Saturday will receive a notice in the mail from the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.