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Did you know that federal unemployment benefits are ending in many states over the next few days and weeks? These additional benefits were set to expire on September 6, 2021, but many states are opting out early. At least 25 states announced that they’ll be cutting off these expanded unemployment benefits as soon as June of 2021. 

Here’s everything you need to know and how to prepare for what’s to come. 

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COVID-Related Jobless Benefits are Ending Early

The coronavirus pandemic cost many people their jobs—over 30 million people have filed for unemployment since March of 2020. To help people cope, the government has been providing extra unemployment benefits to unemployed workers under the CARES Act and American Rescue Plan. 

Things are about to change, and a bit sooner than expected. The federal, pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs ending early in many states include:

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): provides an additional $300 weekly payment to recipients of unemployment compensation.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): provides benefits for those who would not usually qualify—self-employed, gig workers, and part-time workers.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): provides for an extension of benefits once regular benefits have been exhausted.
  • Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC): provides an additional $100 benefit to certain people with mixed earnings.

Which States Will End Federal Unemployment Benefits Early?

Here are the states that have confirmed a decision to end the extended unemployment benefits, and when they expire: 

Why Now is the Time to Get Back to Work

Regardless of whether your state is cutting off these jobless benefits next week or in a few months, now is the time to secure your future and pave a new path forward. Here are just a few reasons why you should apply for a new job today:

1. Competition for Jobs is About to Heat Up

Like we mentioned, those enhanced unemployment benefits are only available for up to four months, and many states have decided to cut them off even sooner. Once those funds run out, you’ll be up against 30 million other unemployed people who are ready to return to work. The competition will be fierce, and it may become more difficult to secure a solid job in the future. 

2. Right Now, You’re In the Driver’s Seat

Many states are facing a labor shortage, which means people like you are in high demand. Companies are ready to get back to business and are offering new employees higher pay and stronger benefits to make it happen. In a few months, that may not be the case. 

3. You May Lose Your Regular Unemployment Benefits

If you’re offered a job and turn it down, you’ll no longer have access to unemployment benefits. The CARES Act doesn’t cover people who don’t accept suitable employment when it’s offered. When you have a job, you’re not only collecting a paycheck—you’re also investing in yourself and your future. 

4. Gain a Greater Sense of Purpose & Pride

Having a job gives you more control over your life and your future. After a year filled with so many unknowns and things outside of our control, those of us who can get back to work should jump on the opportunity to do so.

Let's Get Back to Work, Together!

At MAU, we’re committed to making your life better by providing safe and fulfilling career opportunities. If you want to feel valued and like you’re part of a team, we’d like to welcome you to the MAU family. We’re here to support people just like you with your personal and professional goals. 

MAU is currently hiring for a variety of positions for great companies who offer competitive pay and great benefits, including:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Benefits, including Telehealth Medical Services
  • 401K 
  • Life Insurance
  • & More!

We hope you’ll take one simple step and apply for a new career with MAU today

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