Unemployment benefits extended

About 6,000 Nevadans, who previously exhausted unemployment benefits, will start getting payments again on Saturday, Gov. Jim Gibbons announced today.

President Obama signed federal legislation that extended unemployment benefits, and state computer programmers worked until 2 a.m. today so payments could be sent to jobless workers by Saturday, Gibbons said.

Payments for the extension total $4 million and are retroactive to the week of Nov. 14.

“We are ecstatic that we are going to be able to make this holiday even better for thousands of residents who have been despearately waiting for this additional money,” Gibbons said in a statement.

Phone or go to www.expressclaim.org to make claims for an extension of unemployment benefits.

Contact reporter John G. Edwards at jedwards@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0420.