Updated May 13, 2021 - Economy & Business

The states ending federal pandemic unemployment benefits early

arlos Ponce joins other demonstrators participating in a protest asking Senators to support the continuation of unemployment benefits on July 16, 2020 in Miami Springs, Florida.
Protesters demand senators support the continuation of unemployment benefits on July 16, 2020 in Miami Springs, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

More than a dozen Republican-led states have announced they are terminating their involvement in federal pandemic-related unemployment programs early.

Driving the news: Many of the states' governors cited worker shortages. But some experts say it's the job climate, including pandemic-era factors, and not unemployment benefits that is determining when and how people return to work.

  • The federal assistance programs, which include extra $300-a-week payments, are set to expire on Sept. 6.
  • The pandemic-era programs also offer unemployment to those typically ineligible, including gig workers.

The states that have announced an end to the federal COVID-related benefits include:

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Courtenay Brown: The floodgates are open. While policymakers and economists spar over whether generous jobless benefits are keeping would-be workers at home, more and more states are moving ahead to cut them off.

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