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October 11, 2011 | 2:23 pm

Nearly 1.8 million jobless Americans could lose their unemployment insurance benefits at year’s end unless Congress approves the president’s proposal to reauthorize the federal program through 2012, said the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group known as NELP.

California leads the other 49 states with 305,400 unemployed people facing a cutoff.

About 70,600 would see their 26 weeks of regular, state-paid checks run out. Another 122,500 would stop getting federal emergency unemployment compensation, and 112,300 immediately would lose special, extended federal benefits.

Other states with large numbers of people on unemployment insurance include Florida, New York, Texas and New Jersey.

On Tuesday, NELP released a report called “Hanging on by a Thread,” warning that a cut in unemployment benefits would damage workers, business owners and the U.S. economy.

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