(UnitedVoice.com) – More than 20 Republican-led states have decided to end the $300-per-week enhanced unemployment benefits in the coming weeks. GOP leaders believe the extra cash is causing Americans to stay home. As the states prepare to end the program, the jobless numbers are coming down.
On Thursday, May 20, the Labor Department released its latest figures. Last week, 440,000 people filed new unemployment claims, down from 478,000 the week before.
Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims
Initial claims were 444,000 for the week ending 5/15 (-34,000).
Insured unemployment was 3,751,000 for the week ending 5/8 (+111,000).https://t.co/ys7Eg5LKAW
— US Labor Department (@USDOL) May 20, 2021
As the pandemic money runs out for people in the GOP-led states, those numbers are expected to come down even more. Most of the states are ending the payments in June.
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released a statement on Thursday asserting his opinion that the continued aid is making the labor shortage worse and undermining the economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic. He’s leading the effort to end the expanded benefits at the national level and hopefully, bring those jobless claims down even more.
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