Which states have ended federal unemployment benefits and are more people working?
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics released its state employment figures report Friday showing that half of the states saw job growth, while another lost jobs from May to June. The other states and the District of Columbia saw no significant change in employment.
All but two states that have announced they will end one or all federal employment programs in the event of a pandemic have now done so, while one of them reinstated them by court order. Despite declining jobless claims in states that have ended federal programs, expansion in new hires is still lagging behind in nine of them, and Alaska lost 2,700 jobs last month.
Ending federal unemployment benefits sooner doesn’t necessarily mean more jobs
The most jobs were gained in Florida with 81,300 new jobs, followed by California, 73,500, and Texas, 55,800. Florida and Texas both ended their participation in the extra $ 300 on top of other unemployment benefits on June 26. Texas, who was sued by state employees over unemployment insurance, also canceled all other federal pandemic programs. However, in the case of California, those receiving federal benefits will continue to do so until they expire in early September.
The highest percentage of 1.3 percent job gains was again led by a state that cut unemployment benefits early, but with a twist. Arizona, which only ended a weekly $ 300 reminder on July 10, offered its residents on unemployment benefits a bonus of up to $ 2,000 if they did. back to work. But just on his heels with a 1.2% increase in jobs was its neighbor Nevada which maintains all federal unemployment benefits until September.
Florida and North Carolina are both tied for third, adding 0.9% more jobs in June. However, the governors of two states have differing opinions on federal unemployment benefits in the event of a pandemic. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper was presented with a bill from the Republican-controlled legislature that would have ended federal aid early but on July 3, the governor vetoed the bill.
Democratic Governor Roy Cooper on Friday vetoed legislation that would have ended additional federal benefits created during the pandemic for unemployed North Carolina workers before the program expired nationwide. https://t.co/NBDtu9WKLx
– WUNC (@wunc) July 2, 2021
For the other twelve states that chose to opt out of federal programs early and experienced job growth, they saw an average growth of about 0.6 percent in jobs. These states included Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, and West Virginia. It was better on average than the other eight states; Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, who will keep unemployment benefits until they expire in September which saw an average 0.46 percent increase in employment.
Which states are terminating benefits?
A total of twenty-six states have chosen to end federal unemployment benefits in the event of a pandemic but some now turn around and resumed payments after being sued by residents.
Maryland, while it was planned to end benefits on July 3 continued payments after a court found Gov. Larry Hogan had overstepped his authority by ordering them to stop. The governor has now decided not to challenge the court ruling and allow these benefits to continue until they expire.
A similar situation occurred in Indiana, where pandemic benefits were canceled on June 19. State workers were the first to file a complaint against his governor Eric Holcomb for his executive action and obtaining a restraining order. The judge in this case said it appeared the governor had broken state law when he pulled Indiana from federal pandemic unemployment programs. The judge had ordered the resumption of payments but unemployed residents had to wait until July 16 after a state appeals court upheld the ruling last week, forcing the state to resume paying federal unemployment benefits.
Louisiana will be the last state to prematurely end unemployment benefits with the shutdown date scheduled for the end of July. The other states which are no longer participating in one or all of the federal programs include:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia -Western and Wyoming.