CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nearly 7,000 West Virginians receiving federal unemployment benefits are set to lose that aide when funding expires at the end of the week.
They're part of the nearly 1.3 million Americans unemployed for 26 weeks or more who receive funds from an account that's nearly dry.
The recent bipartisan federal budget deal did not address an extension of federal unemployment benefits. Funding for the program is set to run out Dec. 28.
WorkForce West Virginia reported 6,933 people received Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation in November.
That cost $3.3 million, but David Watson, assistant director of benefits for WorkForce west Virginia, said that number fluctuates from month to month.
Most of those people-1,322-live in Charleston, with Huntington and Beckley each reporting more than 500 local recipients.
Almost 25,000 West Virginians are projected to feel the affects of lost benefits by the end of 2014 if there is no extension, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The report states the average weekly claim for a West Virginian in 2013 was $273. About 1,200 jobs in the state would be saved if unemployment benefits were extended through the end of 2014, according to the report.
"The resulting decline in benefit payments will force millions of households to reduce consumption in the short term, causing significant adverse effects on aggregate demand and thus on employment," the report states.
The report acknowledges the numbers are estimates and could change.
Watson said people filing for unemployment would still receive a little money in the beginning of January to account for the last week of December.
State unemployment benefits are available to those out of work for 25 weeks or less, said Beth Nogay Carenbauer, acting director of unemployment compensation at WorkForce.
No one can receive the benefits unless they're looking for work, she said.
"I think it is particularly important for individuals to start their job search early in their unemployment," Carenbauer said.
"The sooner you begin to look for the job, the better the prospects."
Carenbaurer said it's important for jobseekers to look for jobs that match their training.