A help sign in the Queens neighborhood of New York on June 4, 2021.
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There are 25 states that end their participation in federal unemployment programs early – some this week.
Alaska, Iowa, Mississippi and Missouri will be the first to abandon pandemic-era programs as of June 1
They represent a handful of 25 countries that will do the same in the coming weeks, until July 10th.
A total of about 3.9 million Americans will be affected by government decisions, according to Daniel Zhao, a senior economist at Glassdoor, a job and recruitment site.
The states, all led by Republican governors, say improved unemployment benefits offer an incentive to stay home and make it harder for businesses to hire.
Critics say other factors in the pandemic era, such as continuing health risks, childcare obligations and early retirement, are the biggest causes of labor shortages. Discontinued income support could also undermine economic recovery, they said.
A handful of countries offer bonuses for returning to work up to $ 2,000 instead of increased unemployment benefits, although there are warnings such as limited availability.
Here is a list of all the countries that are giving up: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma , South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.