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Federal unemployment benefits end this week in Maryland, nationwide

by DrewLUD

A package of federal unemployment programs will end nationwide this week, shutting off a financial lifeline for tens of thousands of Marylanders who lost work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The programs provided an extra $300 per week on top of Maryland’s regular unemployment and offered benefits to people who wouldn’t typically be eligible for unemployment, like the self-employed and gig workers.

After multiple extensions, President Joe Biden did not push Congress to continue the benefits beyond the first week of September.

“The boost was always intended to be temporary and it is appropriate for that benefit boost to expire,” the U.S. treasury and labor secretaries wrote in a letter to Congressional leaders.

Unemployment graph.

States can use federal pandemic relief funds to continue the benefits, the secretaries wrote. But in Maryland, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has been pushing to end the benefits for months.

Hogan announced earlier this summer that he would opt out of the federal programs in July, a move that sparked outrage among Democratic lawmakers and unemployed Marylanders who said the economy had not fully bounced back from the worst days of the pandemic.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service