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Gov. Lee will terminate federal pandemic jobless benefits this weekend

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Special federal pandemic unemployment benefits will end for Tennessee’s jobless workers this Saturday.

Gov. Bill Lee and more than 20 other, mostly GOP, state governors have opted to terminate the supplemental $300 a week payments saying the extra cash is keeping employees from returning to work.

That notion is disputed by many economists.

This past week well-over 50,000 Tennesseans received an unemployment check from the state.

Layoffs and furloughs continue at roughly double the rate seen before the pandemic began. Over the past month, an average of 6,300 Tennessee have filed initial jobless claims each week.

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