With Indiana ending federal unemployment benefits a week from Saturday, advocates for working families want people to know that there are resources available to help meet basic needs.
Unemployment numbers have not quite reached pre-pandemic levels in the Hoosier State, but Jessica Fraser, with the Indiana Institute for Working Families, notes they have been dropping.
And while Governor Eric Holcomb says the move to end the federal benefits is to get more people into the workforce, Fraser says there’s more to it.
Indiana’s minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum: seven-25 an hour.
Fraser notes that many available jobs right now are lower-wage service jobs, and some residents with kids or other circumstances cannot afford to take them.
A number of other Republican states also are cutting benefits, including Montana, Arizona, Utah, South Carolina and more.