Some unemployed Lake Area residents are breathing a sigh of relief as legislation that would’ve shortened the length of unemployment benefits was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon. The bill would have tied the length of jobless benefits to the State’s unemployment rate. Currently Missourians can collect benefits for up to 20 weeks. The measure vetoed by Nixon would have allowed that only when the state’s average unemployment rate was at least nine percent. The maximum length of benefits would have decreased as unemployment rates dropped, bottoming out at 13 weeks when the jobless rate was less than six percent.