MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota lawmakers are expected to decide this week whether to call a special session.

They want to extend jobless benefits for workers on the Iron Range.

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In 2015, about 2,000 steelworkers were laid off during some point. Since that time, about 670 mining-related workers have seen their unemployment benefits expire. That number is expected to exceed 1,000 by the time lawmakers convene in March.

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Senator Amy Klobuchar said the layoffs are due to the over-production of steel in countries like China and Australia.

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As of now, there is no sign the mines will open again soon.