Utah Governor Cox To End Pandemic Unemployment Payments

SALT LAKE CITY  UT (STL.News) Encouraged by positive job growth, Gov. Spencer Cox announced the discontinuation of the federal unemployment programs tied to the pandemic as part of the federal stimulus package.  The $300 weekly stimulus payment, as well as the other federal unemployment programs, will end June 26, 2021.

“This is the natural next step in getting the state and people’s lives back to normal,” Gov. Cox said.  “I believe in the value of work.  With the nation’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.9% and plenty of good paying jobs available today, it makes sense to transition away from these extra benefits that were never intended to be permanent.  The market should not be competing with government for workers.”

Approximately 28,000 Utahns are currently receiving this additional $300-per-week federal benefit.  Of those, 11,000 are receiving federal extended benefits, 2,500 individuals receive federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and 200 receive federal Mixed-Earner Unemployment Compensation.  Currently, federal pandemic unemployment assistance in Utah totals $12.4 million a week.

With the state’s economic recovery in full swing, there is no shortage of jobs in Utah.  The Department of Workforce Services website, jobs.utah.gov, has 50,000 available job openings, while job listings aggregator Help Wanted shows 72,000 available jobs in Utah.

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