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Three states with plans to cut unemployment benefits

AS countries continue efforts to reopen, as do jobs.

However, some states also drastically cut unemployment benefits during reopening.

The US Department of Labor found that around 11.3 million jobs are available

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The US Department of Labor found that around 11.3 million jobs are available

The strategy behind this is to create incentives to fill thousands of open positions.

According to a US Department of Labor report released this week, there are around 11.3 million job vacancies, representing a near-record number of job vacancies in the economy.

Currently, the only six states with severe unemployment benefit restrictions are Arkansas, Kansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

Recently, however, lawmakers in Iowa, Kentucky and West Virginia decided to move forward with plans to reduce the number of unemployment benefit weeks people can receive.

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Here’s a closer look at what the states are proposing and what it could mean for unemployed Americans.

Iowa

After hours of heated debate, the Iowa House of Representatives voted to pass House File 2355, which will cut unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 16 weeks.

The proposal comes as there are an estimated 86,000 job openings in the state, according to the Times Republican.

Republican Mike Bousselot told the Des Moines Register that they “… want to rebalance unemployment toward re-employment, rather than [unemployment benefits] just be a safety net.”

Kentucky

In Kentucky, House Bill 4 aims to reduce the number of weeks a person can claim unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 12 weeks.

Many Republicans supported the law because of the positive impact it will have on Kentucky businesses.

However, some politicians were not in favour.

Senator David Yates called the bill a gut punch, telling WLKY, “These are people who were fired through no fault of their own.

“That’s why we have the Unemployment Insurance Trust, and actually it’s taxable because you want to make sure they don’t lose their home and you don’t want to force them into a job where they’re making 30% less because then they can they don’t pay the mortgage and end up in poverty.”

West Virginia

West Virginia’s decision to cut unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 12 weeks does not come at a good time for Shannon Baldauf, a 36-year-old single mother.

Shannon will soon be out of a job due to the closure of the Cleveland-Cliffs coke plant.

She explained to the Mountain State Spotlight that high-paying jobs are limited in Brooke County, West Virginia, and she even has a master’s degree.

Shannon Baldauf said, “Yes, I could go out and work at McDonald’s if I had to, but that’s not going to pay all the bills.”

Ultimately, it looks like these bills will have different effects on people in different regions of the country.

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