Republican governors canceled federal unemployment benefits earlier this summer to prod the unemployed into taking jobs, but new research suggests most people who lost benefits remained unemployed.
In the Republican-led states that ended federal benefits in June, only one out of every eight workers found a job by early August, according to an academic analysis of thousands of workers’ incomes.
On average, workers in cutoff states lost $278 per week in benefits and gained just $14 in earnings ― meaning they collectively recovered only about 5% of their lost income. They spent $145 less per week.
Twenty-six states canceled สล็อตxoใหม่ the federal benefits this summer ahead of their expiration date in early September. The federal government has been providing an extra $300 per week plus benefits for gig workers and people who’ve been unemployed too long to be covered by regular state benefits. Some workers lost the $300 but could continue receiving state benefits; many saw their incomes go to zero.
Shannon Meyer of Louisburg, Missouri, went from receiving $363 per week in federal long-term benefits until the state withdrew from all federal programs in June.
“I was getting $363 a week and I could buy things,” Meyer said. “Now I can’t buy anything.”
Meyer, 57, worked as a home health aide until the pandemic. Now she babysits for her daughter and is wary of getting a new job because it could be risky for her health.
“I can’t really make myself get a job around here with all the maskless people and the delta variant exploding,” she said.