Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said today that the state will end the enhanced pandemic federal unemployment benefits and reinstate work search requirements on July 3rd.
Hogan said: "Our health and economic recovery continues to outpace the nation and we have reached the benchmarks set by President Biden of vaccinating 70% of adults. While these federal programs provided important temporary relief, vaccines and jobs are now in good supply. And we have a critical problem where businesses across our state are trying to hire more people, but many are facing severe worker shortages. After 12 consecutive months of job growth, we look forward to getting more Marylanders back to work."
So far, 24 states have ended their enhanced pandemic federal unemployment benefits. The U.S. Department of Labor says there are a record number of jobs open in the United States, 8.1 million according to their data from March.