13 states that have cut unemployment benefits are near or above February 2020 employment

Still ending benefits early could be a mistake

Many states that are have almost recovered to pre-pandemic employment levels are led by GOP-governors that have recently cut federal unemployment benefits.

New monthly data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that several states that have cut the extra $300 weekly federal unemployment benefits are closer to pre-pandemic employment relative to others. When ranking the states which are closest to their February 2020 employment levels as of June 2021, 13 of the top 15 are states that have cut unemployment benefits earlier than the September expiration.

Heidi Shierholz, a senior economist and the director of policy at the Economic Policy Institute, told that ending benefits early is a “massive mistake” and doesn’t make any “economic sense.”