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US jobless claims fall again as some states end federal aid

Posted at 9:02 PM, May 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-20 21:02:55-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week — the latest encouraging sign for the rebounding U.S. economy — just as Republican-led states are moving to cut off a federal benefit for the jobless.

Twenty-three states, from Texas and Georgia to Ohio and Iowa, plan to begin blocking a $300-a-week federal payment for the unemployed starting in June, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Jobless people have been able to receive the $300 federal benefit on top of their regular state unemployment aid.