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Thousands stand to lose unemployment benefits in WI

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MADISON (WKOW) -- More than 65,000 people in Wisconsin will lose access to federal unemployment benefits if Congress doesn't take action by the end of the year.

Federal benefits are set to expire December 28.

The Wisconsin Budget Project says more than 23,000 long-term unemployed workers in Wisconsin will be cut off at that time.

Another 42,000 workers will exhaust their state-fund benefits in the first half of 2014, and won't be able to apply for federal benefits.

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