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21,000 Arizonans in danger of losing unemployment benefits

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21,000 Arizonans could lose their unemployment benefits on Saturday. That's when the federal emergency unemployment program runs out. If congress doesn't extend the program, this week's check will be their last.

Those who are affected tell us they don't know what they're going to do.

One by one they sit in the unemployment office - hopeful for a job - and worried about losing their unemployment benefits.

"I only have $240 left and after that I'm not eligible, no more."

Keith will lose his unemployment check in days unless Congress extends the emergency unemployment program. Right now it's not looking good.

"As we speak right now I'm late on my rent and I'm not working. I cannot pay my rent and I don't know what's going to happen to me," says Keith.

Arizona gives up to 26-weeks unemployment and if someone still can't find a job, the federal program takes over, offering 99 weeks of benefits. But the program expires at the end of the year.

"There's a lot of people out there that need help," says Stormi Dangberg.

And Stormi is one of them. It's taking longer than she thought to find a permanent job.

"It's been hard for me to find a job, a steady job and now with the holiday jobs ending, a lot of people will be looking for work and losing their benefits. I don't think is a good thing," she says.

"Since I turned 60 it seems like nobody wants to hire me," says Dave Cooley.

Right now 4.8 million Americans have been out of work for more than six months -- like Dave Cooley

"I've been putting jobs in every week since August and that's what I'm here today, to do put my jobs in again."

The state says those that will lose their checks should keep applying anyway, just in case Congress acts.

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