May 20, 2021 - Economy

Mapped: Where jobless pay is getting snipped

Map of states cutting federal unemployment benefits
Data: Axios research; Cartogram: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Oklahoma, Indiana and Texas are the latest Republican-led states to say they'll prematurely cut off the more generous unemployment benefits next month.

The big picture: The money has kept millions of Americans afloat while the pandemic took a historic toll on the economy. The states' governors say slimmed-down payments will help with widespread reports of worker shortages in their states.

The backdrop: New jobless applications hit yet another pandemic-era low, Labor Department data out today shows.

  • The number of Americans continuing to collect unemployment across various programs fell to 16 million — also a pandemic-era low.
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