Unemployment benefits expire this weekend for about 100,000 Minnesotans
September 7, 2021
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.