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Unemployment sign-up extended for fire victims

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People whose jobs were affected by the North Bay wildfires have about another month to file for disaster unemployment assistance, officials with the California Employment Development Department said.

The deadline has been extended to Dec. 18. The previous deadline was Nov. 16.

Disaster unemployment assistance provides temporary unemployment benefits to jobless workers as well as self-employed people whose jobs or work hours were lost because of the wildfires.

Disaster unemployment assistance is available for individuals in Napa and Sonoma counties in the North Bay and is for losses beginning the week of Oct. 15.

Eligible workers can receive up to $450 a week for up to 26 weeks.

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