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Meet a jobless Oklahoman caught in the middle of a battle over unemployment benefits: ‘The panic level is very high.’

Michella Stewart in a car

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Michella Stewart has been unemployed since March 2020, thanks to the harsh realities of being a working mom of five during a global pandemic.

For more than a year, she got by on the expanded federal benefits meant to help more workers — and provide them relief longer — as the pandemic shuttered businesses.

But then in June, Oklahoma cut off expanded benefits, with Gov. Kevin Stitt arguing that it would drive people back to work. Insider’s Ben Winck and Andy Kiersz reported that it hasn’t quite panned out that way in terms of more jobs, details ⇒

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