25,000 Nevadans will lose benefits if EUC not extended

Joyce Lupiani

25,000 Nevadans will lose benefits if EUC not extended

CREATED Dec. 27, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Almost 25,000 Nevadans could lose their unemployment insurance after this week if Congress does not vote by Tuesday to continue the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, according to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation Division.

The EUC program is scheduled to expire on Jan. 2, 2013. At that time, about 25,000 Nevadans will be cut off and another 1,000 claimants currently receiving regular unemployment will exhaust their benefits and not be able to move to the EUC program.

DETR says that claimants should continue to file as usual though so that benefits can be paid as quickly as possible if Congress does vote in favor of extending the program.

The federal benefits package was first enacted in June 2008 in response to record high unemployment. Claimants currently qualify for a maximum of 73 weeks.

Claimants can check www.nvdetr.org for updates on the status of the EUC program.