- Unemployment fell faster in states ending $300-a-week federal benefits, according to the WSJ.
- Missouri ended increased federal benefits for unemployed state residents as of June 12.
- The state unemployment rate is below the national average. But many continued to struggle.
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The number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits is declining at a faster rate in Missouri, and 21 other U.S. states have opted out of receiving additional federal payments this month, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Under the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package offered by President Joe Biden signed into law in March. $300 weekly federal pandemic compensation was added to state unemployment checks. The benefits expire in September.
Recently, Republican-led states have moved to cut rising unemployment assistance. Condemned the impact on job creators and claimed that extra money kept people from having to find millions of open jobs. Most of the democratic-led states accept help. It called it a key resource for the unemployed as the country continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
GOP Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri said federal welfare was welcomed during the pandemic. but with the reopening of the economy continuous payment “make worse labor problems” that the state has to face
Amid concerns about labor shortages, most GOP governors ignore what they see as too generous in federal aid.
in May Missouri’s unemployment rate is 4.2%, below the national average of 5.8%, according to the Department of Labor.
Missouri ended increased federal benefits for residents of the state who were unemployed as of June 12, making it one of the first states to do so.
Seven additional states follow suit for the week ending June 19, and this weekend, 10 more states will end unemployment assistance.
By July 10, four more states will cut additional benefits.
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The number of people receiving unemployment benefits fell 13.8% in the week ending June 12 compared to mid-May. In states where the governor has clearly said the additional benefits will end in June. According to an analysis by Jefferies LLC economists.
This figure compares with a 10% drop in states that ended benefits in July. and the reduction is less than 5.7% in states that intend to retain benefits until funding ends in September.
Affected individuals will lose $300 of federal funding, but will continue to receive state unemployment benefits.
Jefferies chief financial economist Aneta Markowska told the Journal that the results of the state’s increased opt-out of benefits are beginning to show.
“You’re starting to see the end of the response to these projects,” she said, adding: “Employers have to compete with the government in handing out money. And that makes it difficult to attract workers.”
However, some economists and broader Democrats point to issues such as a lack of adequate child care. Hourly wages are low in some industries. and ongoing concerns about COVID-19 in explaining why so many people are not returning to work
In Missouri, the number of state employees is pretty good. The unemployment rate peaked at 12.5% in April 2020, compared to the 14.8 percent domestic unemployment rate that month.
However, despite the less-than-bad view that comes from looking at the overall numbers, real people still struggle.
The Journal spoke with Davina Roberson, 45, Fenton, Mo., mother of two boys with special needs. That was fired from his $26 an hour position as a corporate travel agent last year.
As she continues to receive significant health benefits from her former employer, She will have to forgo coverage if she takes on another role.
Roberson told the Journal that she now seeks help from pantries and clothing charities.
“It’s not that I don’t want to go back to work,” Ms Roberson told the Journal. “But if I accept a minimum wage job I will work in health insurance and take care of children and there is nothing left to live on.”