Headline RoundupMay 20th, 2021

Jobless Claims Fall; More Republican States Cut $300 Benefits

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Applications for state unemployment insurance fell last week to a pandemic low of 444,000, signaling improvement in the job market as remaining business restrictions are lifted.

More than three-quarters of Republican-led states plan to end an extra $300-a-week in federal jobless benefits early, likely triggering a decrease in the number of those receiving the benefits in the months ahead.  The Biden administration is reportedly working to devise a way to keep paying heightened unemployment benefits; two anonymous sources cited by the Washington Post said "Labor Department officials have come to believe that the government cannot legally force states to administer these benefits."

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