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Ohio to drop $300-a-week federal unemployment benefits

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Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that the state of Ohio will end its participation in the federal supplemental unemployment benefits program on June 26.

“Early in the pandemic, Congress put in place the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program to help Americans get through the most difficult economic days of the crisis,” DeWine said. “When this program was put in place, it was a lifeline for many Americans at a time when the only weapon we had in fighting the virus was to slow it’s spread through social distancing, masking, and sanitization.”

“That is no longer the case. That is no longer our only tool in this fight. This assistance was always intended to be temporary,” the governor added. “My administration will inform the U.S. Department of Labor that we intend to stop participation in this program on June 26, 2021.”

DeWine said the June 26 date will give people time to receive the COVID-19 vaccination before heading back to work.

More than a dozen other states, including Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina, are also opting out of the program in June.


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