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U.S. Unemployment Pay Sustained, for Now, in Indiana, Maryland

July 12, 2021, 9:38 PM

People claiming unemployment aid in Indiana and Maryland will continue receiving enhanced federal jobless benefits—at least for now—following developments Monday in court cases challenging state officials’ power to end those programs early.

The states are among at least 26 where governors announced plans to end federal pandemic-related aid months earlier than the Sept. 6 end date set by Congress. At least five of those states face lawsuits contesting the governors’ authority to do so—with those chief executives arguing the enhanced benefits should end because they’re making it hard for businesses to find willing workers.

The federal benefits that states opted ...