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Extended Unemployment Benefits To End In Louisiana

In Louisiana, the clock is running out on the extra unemployment benefits that have been a lifeline for many out-of-a-job workers during the pandemic.

The additional $300 a week payments from the federal government end Saturday, making Louisiana the first Democrat-led state to join 25 Republican-controlled states that opted out early, saying the benefits kept residents from looking for jobs. The program is set to run out in September.

Stephan Bisaha from the Gulf States Newsroom brings us one woman’s story that shows returning to work isn’t as simple as following the help wanted signs.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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