Jobless Americans lose lifeline

Millions of people across the US have lost a lifeline they have depended on during the pandemic. They are part of the largest cutoff of unemployment benefits in US history.

Federal jobless benefits expired on Monday for more than 7 million people. Several million more will lose 300 dollars a week in state help.

Roughly half the states had already ended their benefits. Their leaders argue the funding was discouraging many people from going back to work.

The unemployment rate has fallen to 5.2 percent. Still, business owners say they can't find enough workers. Some Americans say they can't find jobs that suit them. Some analysts fear pulling the benefits could push millions into poverty.