Since March, Jobless Ohioans have been able to apply for an extra 13 weeks of unemployment compensation after their usual 26-week eligibility runs out. But those extensions are paid for by a federal economic stimulus package that ends on Saturday. Today the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services told people to keep applying for the extended benefits. That way, if congress continues the program, the department can issue the checks faster. People won’t receive payments after this week unless congress continues the stimulus package next month and makes it retroactive to December 29th. Governor Bob Taft urged the federal government to do so.