At least 23 states have announced the premature end of federal unemployment programs in recent weeks. The self-employed and the long-term unemployed will lose their benefits entirely in most states.
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Fifty-four percent of Americans believe state governors are doing the right thing by terminating benefits before they expire; 38% think they are doing the wrong thing, according to the Quinnipiac poll.
The states, all led by Republican governors, cite labor shortages as a motivator for the cuts, which begin as early as June 12 (The American Rescue Plan offers them until September 6). people not to work.
Many economists believe that payments are not the main driver of recruitment problems. They say health risks are the main reason for the shrinking labor pool, in addition to other pandemic-era factors such as childcare issues and early retirements. .
The results also differ by gender and income, with wealthier men and Americans more likely to agree with the governors’ decision. What’s more, just 36% of blacks and 46% of Hispanics think it’s the right thing, compared to 62% of whites, according to the poll.
Minorities, low wages and women have been disproportionately affected by job loss during the pandemic.