LAS VEGAS -- About 25,000 people collecting unemployment insurance benefits in Nevada were notified this week that their benefits could end Jan. 2, 2013, according to the state's employment department.
Congress will have to act by Tuesday to extend the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, said Renee Olson, administrator of the state's Employment Security Division, part of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
An additional 1,000 people would lose their federal jobless benefits every week thereafter, according to the state.
"This is the last payable week for (federal jobless) claims, which means recipients will no longer receive benefits, even if they still have funds available," Olson said in a statement.
In 2008 Congress enacted the federal benefits package, giving jobless workers up to 99 weeks of unemployment benefits. Since then, the number of weeks has been trimmed back to 73 weeks. Should the federal extension be allowed to expire, jobless benefits would be limited to 26 weeks.