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Georgia could cut jobless benefits to push more toward work

Georgia Dept. of Labor
Georgia Dept. of Labor(WTOC)
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 8:30 AM CDT
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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s labor commissioner says he’s considering cutting federal benefits to workers in an effort to push them back to work.

The move by elected Republican Mark Butler came a week after he said he would reinstate work search requirements for unemployment beneficiaries.

Butler and Gov. Brian Kemp met Monday and discussed possibilities such as cutting the $300-a-week federal supplement to unemployed workers or cutting off federal benefits to people not usually eligible for state unemployment.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and a number of other business groups have called for suspending the benefits, citing a labor shortage.

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