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According to the New York Times, new claims for unemployment benefits are inching down and a growing number of Republican governors around the country have announced that they are withdrawing from an array of federal pandemic-related jobless benefits.


  1. Based on this withdrawal, how many workers will lose jobless claims and over what period?
  2. What will the programs being abandoned include?
  3. Employers, in what sectors, have complained of having trouble finding workers? 
  4. What states that have announced plans to end pandemic-related unemployment benefits, which are federally funded but administered by states, ahead of the Sept. 6 expiration date ?


Cohen, W. (2021). Plans to Reduce Jobless Benefits Spreads to 16 States. The New York Times, May 13 (Retrievable online at