- At least 11 states are opting out of federal unemployment benefits programs in June or July, a few months before their Sept. 6 expiration.
- They include: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wyoming.
- One group believes the U.S. Labor Department may be able to prevent the self-employed, gig workers and others from losing benefits.
At least 11 states are opting out of federal unemployment programs months early. But some workers may be able to keep the extended benefits.
The moves, made by officials in Republican-led states, would cut off benefits as early as June 12.
The aid includes an extra $300 a week paid on top of typical state benefits. The long-term unemployed, as well as self-employed and gig workers, would lose their entitlement to benefits outright.