Four states in the Mountain West are opting out of the federal government's $300-a-week pandemic unemployment compensation.
The Republican governors of Idaho, Utah and Wyoming announced their decisions this week. They follow Montana, which last week became the first state in the nation to drop the unemployment supplement that the American Rescue Plan extended into September.
The governors cite labor shortages and point to their state's low unemployment rates. The added payments will end in the second half of June.