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State labor officials: Extend benefits for jobless


DES MOINES (AP)--Labor commissioners from 10 states are coming together to urge the U.S. Senate to extend unemployment benefits for people who will exhaust theirs in another week.

New York Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith is in Niagara Falls Thursday with her counterparts from Wisconsin, Washington, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Oregon, Maine, Pennsylvania and Arizona.

They're hoping to find strength in numbers as they push for extended unemployment insurance for more than 300,000 people whose benefits will run out in September.

The U.S. House has agreed to give the jobless in a majority of states an additional 13 weeks of benefits. The Senate has yet to act.

Supporters say unemployment benefits positively affect the economy by supporting existing jobs and the housing market.

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