BOSTON (WWLP) – More than half of all U.S. states have decided to end the program that provides unemployed residents with an additional $300 per week.
The governor actually addressed on Monday, he said the cost of living in Massachusetts is very high so the program will run until the federal cut-off on September 6.
According to the state’s unemployment data, roughly 240,000 residents were without a job in the month of April. Now, that’s enormous progress over where the Commonwealth was a year before when more than 500,000 residents were unemployed.
Governor Baker said he doesn’t have plans to end the extended benefits program, despite other New England states like New Hampshire cutting theirs off this week.
“Many of the folks who lost their jobs worked in the hospitality space, and many of them were working people and they weren’t wealthy, to begin with,” said Gov. Baker.
Republicans in the legislature have pushed back on the governor’s decision to extend the additional benefits.
They say that decision is one of the main reasons we have a workforce shortage in communities all across the state.