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An Iowa woman creates a petition to extend Pandemic related unemployment benefits

Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 9:22 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Many businesses are having a hard time finding employees willing to work, so a new measure will address the state’s severe workforce shortage.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced recently, Iowa will end federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits beginning June 12th.

She says it’s time for everyone to get back to work, but April Khuram from Dubuque, Iowa is petitioning for an extension.

So far the petition has nearly 300 signatures in an effort to extend the federal unemployment to September.

Khuram said in a statement to KYOU about why she started the petition is “to give people time to get proper child care, make arrangements for food, and time to interview for livable wage jobs.”

As it currently stands according to Iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov, beginning on June 13th, Iowa will no longer waive employer charges for Covid related unemployment insurance claims.

Additionally, Iowa will no longer issue $300 supplemental weekly payments, nor participate in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program.

Khuram adds that once she receives enough signatures she will send the petition to Congress.

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