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Why Cutting Unemployment Aid Isn’t Filling America’s 9.2 Million Open Jobs

For some workers—especially parents with young children—there are obstacles to re-entering the labor force. 

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Criticism from the right regarding U.S. government aid to unemployed workers has intensified of late, with governors in some Republican-leaning states putting an early end to the extra $300 in weekly payments. Their stated intention was that more jobless Americans would look for work if they can’t count on the extra cash. But for some workers—especially parents with young children—barriers to re-entering the labor force remain, and the loss of those additional dollars is adding to their problems.