Federal pandemic unemployment insurance ended over the weekend, after nearly a year and a half. That means an estimated nine million Americans will lose those benefits and another three million will see weekly checks reduced by three hundred dollars. The president has encouraged some states to continue helping the long-term unemployed, but administration officials said it was time for enhanced federal aid to end. Southeast Missouri Congressman Jason Smith says America is dealing with major worker shortages, including in Missouri’s agriculture sector.
In June, Governor Parson, a fellow Republican, stopped accepting federal pandemic unemployment benefits, including the 300-dollars-per-week payments. Parson said the extra funding has caused worker shortages in Missouri.