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Unemployment Benefits Set to Expire

September 3, 2021 An uncertain future faces New Mexicans who have benefited from additional federal unemployment money. The boost runs out Saturday, and The Line discusses what workers and employers can expect. Many Republican-led states have already ended additional federal benefits in an effort to jumpstart the job market. But they’ve seen modest gains, if any, and a notable drop in consumer spending. This round of cutoffs is likely to impact Democratic-led states. See the link below for thoughts on New Mexico’s options from U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, who spoke with Antonia Gonzales shortly after the Line’s discussion. 

Host: Gene Grant 

Line Guests: 
Rebecca Latham, CEO, Girl Scouts of NM  
Sophie Martin, attorney  
Edmund Perea, attorney & public safety consultant 

For More Information: 
U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh – New Mexico in Focus 
Some don’t know what they’ll do when federal unemployment assistance ends – NM Political Report 
New Mexico braces for end of federal unemployment bonuses – KRQE 
New Mexico Scales Down Unemployment Benefits, Battles Fraud – Associated Press 
Cutoff of Jobless Benefits Is Found to Get Few Back to Work – New York Times