South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (P) has ordered all federal pandemic-related unemployment programs in the state to end on June 30, citing labor shortages.
In a note to South Carolina Department of Employment and Labor Director Daniel Elsie, McMaster said the business was “facing an unprecedented shortage of labor” due to pandemic benefits provided on state unemployment benefits.
McMaster said what was supposed to be short-term assistance had become “a dangerous federal law that encourages and pays workers to stay at home instead of encouraging them to return to work.”
“Because the Biden administration and Congress seem barely aware of the damage and are reluctant to stop federal payments, South Carolina must take action,” McMaster wrote.
South Carolina is the second state to end extended unemployment benefits next month.
Governor of Montana Greg GianforteGregory Richard GianforteThe Governor of South Carolina will end pandemic benefits in June On The Money: How Demand Outstrips Supply and Hinders Recovery | Montana Withdraws Unemployment Benefits Yellen says higher Montana rates may be needed to end extended unemployment benefits in June, offers bonuses for returning to work MORE (R) announced Tuesday that the state will stop participating in extended benefits.
Instead, the state will use funds from President BidenAtlanta Mayor Joe Biden will not run for re-election as governor of South Carolina to end pandemic benefits in June. Aircraft pollution will increase with travel boom after pandemic MOREThe $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill to give $ 1,200 to people who had a claim for active unemployment by May 4 accepted a job offer and completed at least four weeks of paid work.
Both countries are ending the Federal Unemployment Compensation in the event of a pandemic, which gives unemployed people an additional $ 300 a week.
They will also not participate in the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program (PEUC), which provides additional relief to those running out of state aid. The United States will end its participation in the unemployment pandemic support program, which has expanded benefits to those who do not qualify for traditional unemployment insurance.
The move comes as Republicans argue that expanded unemployment benefits contribute to companies’ ability to hire workers, as in some states, federal benefits push benefits above the average wage.
However, progressives cited concerns about employees’ health about returning to work as the reason why companies face recruitment difficulties.