WASHINGTON DC: Half of all U.S. states are cutting unemployment benefits for residents, an extra $ 300 a week from the federal government to unemployment benefits due to the pandemic, as “they are no longer needed “.
According to Department of Labor records from May 8, about 2.8 million people were receiving pandemic benefits in the 25 states that ended the program in the coming weeks.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (pictured) said that while the program provided “significant temporary relief” during the pandemic, vaccines and jobs no longer needed to be in good offer “. Maryland this week became the 25th state to announce it would stop benefits before the federal program expires in September.
Hogan follows 24 other state GOP leaders and business lobbyists, who say the benefits mean people are rejecting good jobs and leaving companies without the workers they need to reopen.
On Saturday, Hogan tweeted the state’s success in fighting the pandemic:
– Case rate up to 2.35 per 100 K
– Positivity rate up to a record low of 1.37%
– Hospitalizations for up to a minimum of eight months
– More than 6.2 million vaccines
The Biden administration, Democrats, workers, activists and some economists argue, however, that people are left out of the workforce for other reasons, such as lack of childcare for continued fear of infection and low wages. . Just over 41 percent of the 328 million people in the United States are completely vaccinated.
The United States is about to undergo real-time testing of the problem. The 25 states that reject federal troops have announced different end dates for the program. Profits expire in Alaska, Iowa, Mississippi and Missouri on June 12, and the other 21 states fall by July 10.
Unemployed workers may still be eligible for regular state unemployment benefits, but they vary widely. The unemployed must fill the appropriate jobs on offer, White House officials have stressed.
White House officials fear that rushing to kill programs too soon, before mass vaccinations are completed, could harm working people and a struggling economy.
The extra money caused the strange circumstance that many workers earned more unemployment than at work, but this helped boost the economy in unexpected ways: personal incomes increased during the pandemic, increased savings households, consumption endured as people damaged new cars. and home appliances, and there was never a dreaded wave of debt defaults.