Transcript for Unemployed in some states are no longer getting enhanced federal benefit
Zblnchts now to news that will come as a hit for jobless Americans. In some states they'll be losing their extra $300 a week starting now. Deirdre Bolton is in New York City with the impact of these enhanced benefits expiring. Deidre, good morning. Reporter: It's a really bad surprise for many today. So as of today, there are workers in four states who will have less money in their pockets, Iowa, Missouri, Alaska and Mississippi. At least 300,000 Americans affected. Iowa governor Kim Reynolds tweeting this out. It's time for everyone who can to get back to work. So it's not just these four states. In the next few weeks workers in 21 additional states will also see their supplementary benefits cut. In total as many as 4 million Americans across 25 states set to lose these unemployment benefits. You have leaders in Arizona, Texas, Ohio among those who say this extra $300 a week is overly generous and contributing to complaints from employers who cannot fill job vacancies. For many, it's not a simple equation. Many people relying on those benefits to make ends meet. Gregory from oxford economics pointing out most kids are not vaccinated, many school districts and child care centers are closed or not operating at full capacity and some workers have personal health issues or live with a high risk person. Those are reasons why some people are not rushing back into the workforce. But some economists say there's a risk to cutting these benefits off early and that businesses that would have benefitted from increased spending may be hurt as people tighten their pursestrings. Whit? Plenty of debate surrounding this issue. Deidre, thank you.
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