MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Wednesday that clears the way for another 13 weeks of benefits for Wisconsin's unemployed.

The bill authorizes the state Department of Workforce Development to begin disbursing $88 million in federal money to people who have exhausted their benefits. Agency officials say as many as 40,000 people may be eligible.

The Republican governor said the economy in Wisconsin is improving — he noted that the state added 9,500 jobs in June — but many people still need help.

"We need to continue giving these individuals … the kind of additional coverage they need," Walker said. "We still have a long way to go to get everyone who wants to work a job."

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