- Eight million people were removed from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance programs on September 6 when congress failed to renew them.
- The stated purpose of slashing UI benefits was to get people back to work, but this strategy didn’t work in September when pandemic benefits ended nationwide.
- 194,000 jobs ends up to be a mere 3% of the 8 million people who were ousted from the UI rolls on September 6.
“On September 6, pandemic unemployment benefits were eliminated across the entire country. As a result, 8 million people were removed from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PUEC) programs and thus saw their benefit incomes drop to $0.
The stated purpose of cutting these benefits was to get people back to work. The idea was that pandemic unemployment benefits have been keeping people from accepting jobs and that cutting the benefits would therefore result in large employment gains.
This did not work when half of the states cut pandemic unemployment benefits over the summer and it did not work in September when they were cut nationwide…”
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