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Unemployment benefits expire this weekend for about 100,000 Minnesotans


September 7, 2021


Kat Coats was a bartender in downtown Minneapolis when she lost her job because of the pandemic. She recently decided to go back to school and is now studying to be a welder.

About half of Minnesotans now receiving unemployment aid will see their jobless benefits end this weekend as several programs Congress put into place as a pandemic-related safety net expire.

In all, about 100,000 people will get their final payments in the coming weeks, and the $300 a week provided as an enhanced benefit will also come to an end.

Many workers have depended on those stepped-up federal benefits to pay their bills, and afford rent and groceries in the last year and a half. Benefits were expanded to include aid for gig workers and the self-employed, people not usually covered by unemployment insurance. Aid also was extended for those who had exhausted their six months of state jobless benefits.


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