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United States To Reduce / Eliminate Benefits for Unemployed amid COVID-19 Crisis

21 Areas in United States To Make Changes on COVID-19 Benefits for the Unemployed

UNITED STATES – In America, 21 states are eyeing to reduce or eliminate the benefits for the unemployed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the globe, more than 200 countries and territories recorded cases of COVID-19. It spread fast between nations and was declared pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The international body previously warned that it may be a long term battle.

The pandemic affected almost everything. There were periods when nations closed their boarders in the pursuit to arrest the spread of COVID-19. There are also protocols implemented as part of the fight against the pandemic.

The United States is one of those hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, a national emergency was even declared by then President Donald Trump to boost the healthcare system of the country.

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Based on a report in ABS-CBN News, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the unemployed citizens in several states of the United States received benefits from the government. There are around 16 million unemployed Americans.

However, starting in June or July, around 2.5 million unemployed Americans in the United States may no longer have an income. According to the report, 21 states in U.S. are eyeing to reduce or eliminate the benefits extended to the unemployed citizens.

The states that are planning to remove or reduce the benefits for the unemployed include Alaska, Missouri, Georgia, West Virginia, and Indiana as to the Oxford Economics analysts. Aside from the 2.5 million Americans losing the benefit, one (1) million more unemployed will also lose the additional cash benefit worth $300 a week.

South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center director Sue Berkowitz said that it will have big effects on families who have no stable income. The payouts depend on the state and it usually falls between $230 to $820 a week. It helps families cope with the expenses including the payment for the electricity, food, and house rent.

On the other side, several states across America increased their minimum wage. For South Carolina, the state has fixed it to $7.25 per hour which is the standard rate as to the US federal government.

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