UNEMPLOYMENT CLIFF: Ending UI Benefits Could Not Come At Worse Time

September 1, 2021

After Labor Day, roughly 7.5 million people will lose key pandemic-era unemployment benefits established by the March 2020 CARES Act. Dr. Rakeen Mabud, chief economist at Groundwork, reacted to the impending unemployment cliff with the following statement: 

“Amid increasing uncertainty in the trajectory of the pandemic, Monday’s unemployment cliff could not come at a worse time. Millions will suffer as they lose this critical source of income and the loss of spending will suppress job growth, setting us back yet again in our efforts for an inclusive and equitable recovery.” 

Email press@groundworkcollaborative.org to speak with Dr. Mabud about the expiring unemployment programs and the potential damage that lies ahead.



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