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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. Photo: Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Monday ordered the state to terminate all participation in federally funded pandemic unemployment compensation programs.

Why it matters: Ivey, like South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R), cited labor shortages, but some experts say it's the job climate and not unemployment benefits that is determining people's return to work.

Details: The order is effective June 19 and puts an end to:

  • Additional $300 weekly payments to recipients of unemployment compensation.
  • Benefits for workers who usually would not qualify, such as gig or part-time workers.
  • Extension of benefits.
  • An additional $100 benefit to some people with mixed earnings.

What they're saying: "As Alabama’s economy continues its recovery, we are hearing from more and more business owners and employers that it is increasingly difficult to find workers to fill available jobs, even though job openings are abundant," Ivey said in a statement.

  • "Alabama is giving the federal government our 30-day notice that it’s time to get back to work."

Of note: Alabama has an unemployment rate of 3.8%, lower than the national rate of 6%.

The big picture: Ivey's announcement follows similar moves by South Carolina and Montana.

  • A Labor Department spokesperson told AP that the department has seen no evidence that enhanced unemployment benefits keep people from seeking work.
  • "Choosing to eliminate these critical benefits will have the greatest impact on the most vulnerable," the spokesperson said.

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Iowa State Fair organizers say there are worker shortages abound this year ranging from parking attendants to bartenders to corn dog cooks.

Why it matters: You'll likely have to wait a little longer in lines, especially if attendance reaches 2019's record-breaking levels.

The post-pandemic economy has already arrived

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With the recession officially ending in April 2020, we're now 16 months into the recovery and the contours of the post-pandemic economy have taken shape.

Why it matters: While the coronavirus continues to infect roughly 100,000 new Americans every day, it's no longer driving the course of the economy.

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State Department orders evacuation of U.S. diplomats' families from Ukraine

From left, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Chargés d'Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv. Photo: Yevhen Liubimov/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Department will begin evacuating families and non-essential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory published Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten embassy's ability to assist Americans.