Additional unemployment pulled in ArkLaTex to encourage return to work


SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – At this point, all states in the ArkLaTex have announced the end of federal coronavirus unemployment payments.

The additional $300 payments will end Saturday, June 26, for Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma, and July 31 in Louisiana.

Renee Matthews is the manager at Manpower, a staffing and employment agency.

“We know unemployment is necessary in some cases; it really is some people need help,” Matthews said. “At the same time, there are multiple positions that needed to be filled.”

Many people told KSLA they think it is definitely time to end the additional benefits.

“If you’ve got this many places or businesses looking for employees, then it doesn’t make much sense to have a whole lot of unemployment benefits for people, if there’s employment. It’s contradictory,” Matt said.

However, some say it depends on each situation.

“If they can’t find proper employment, if they can’t take care of theirself, just like the Bible say, ‘We’ve got to take care of the least among us,”” said Delano Wilson.

Since the announcement of the end of those supplemental payments, Matthews said she has noticed a shift in the job market.

“We have been very successful in getting people to work within the last couple of weeks, especially with the announcement of that unemployment supplement ending.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there has been a decline in the unemployment rate in May. It reported a decline in unemployment by 0.3 percentage point.

“These measures are down considerably from their recent highs in April 2020 but remain well above their levels prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” according to that report.

Tune in to KSLA News 12 tonight to hear more from Matthews on the state’s current employment needs.

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