‘Silent crisis’ looms as US to end Covid aid for millions of jobless
AFP The expanded American unemployment safety net is ending, but some jobless people fear they won't be able to return to work
Washington (AFP) – Spending less on food. Drawing down on retirement savings. Dropping out of the workforce altogether.
Last year, the United States massively expanded unemployment aid as Covid-19 broke out. But in the coming days those benefits will end, forcing millions of jobless Americans — some of whom haven’t worked for the entire pandemic — to make hard choices about how they will get by in an economy newly menaced by the Delta variant.
“I have no idea how we would survive, just on my daughter’s income,” said Deborah Lee, an unemployed phlebotomist in Arizona who is recovering