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States are starting to drop out of federal pandemic unemployment programs

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A person files an application for unemployment benefits.

Arkansas, Montana and South Carolina are opting out, but the U.S. economy is down more than 8 million jobs since the pandemic hit. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

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by Scott Tong May 10, 2021
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by Samantha Fields May 10, 2021
The Republican governors of Arkansas, Montana and South Carolina say the benefits keep people out of the workforce.

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by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst May 10, 2021
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