Pandemic-related Federal Unemployment Programs To End In Utah Next Month

May 12, 2021

Gov. Cox announced on Tuesday that federal unemployment programs tied to the pandemic will end in Utah next month. This includes the $300 weekly stimulus payment and other federal unemployment programs. 

In a press release from the governor’s office, Cox stated that the benefits were never meant to be permanent and that ending the programs on June 26  is a “natural next step in getting the state and people’s lives back to normal.” Because unemployment is at 2.9% in the state, Cox stated that there are plenty of good-paying jobs available to Utanhs and that “the market should not be competing with government for workers.” 

According to the press release, there are 50,000 job openings on jobs.utah.gov and the job listings aggregator Help Wanted shows 72,000 available jobs in the state.

 

For those still struggling due to the pandemic, the press release stated that other safety net programs are available such as rent, utility, food and medical assistance and more information can be found at jobs.utah.gov.