When Do Unemployment Benefits End and What Career Moves Should I Make Next?

As the world begins to open back up due to rising vaccination rates, you may find yourself wondering when do unemployment benefits end? And what career moves should I be making once they end? Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment payments have been an invaluable resource for those who lost their jobs, but the world is returning to normal, and the workforce right along with it. When it comes to unemployment benefits, the end date varies based on the state you’re in, but as far as next career moves are concerned, getting your CDL with Truck Driver Institute is a fantastic option. Luckily, we have 11 locations in 7 different states. Whenever your state’s unemployment ends, you’ll be ready to get back to work with TDI. Here are those seven states, along with the dates their unemployment benefits end.

When Do Unemployment Benefits EndWhen Do Unemployment Benefits End in These 7 States


Mississippi is one of the first states in our service area that will be ending their emergency COVID-19 unemployment benefits. As of Saturday, June 12th, Mississippi is opting out of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which is the earliest date that federal law will allow. If you’re located in Mississippi and are concerned about the end of these benefits, check out our two locations in Gulfport and Tupelo


Alabama will be the next state to end their pandemic unemployment benefits, with Governor Kay Ivey announcing that they will be ending these benefits effective June 19th. Alabama’s unemployment rate is currently the lowest in the Southeast, sitting at 3.8%, but there is still an abundant need for truck drivers. Our Alabama school is conveniently located in Birmingham.


Also ending their unemployment benefits on June 19th is the state of Indiana. Governor Holcomb announced the change in hopes that it would spur more people to take advantage of a reopening economy. With three locations in Indiana, getting your CDL is easier than ever and could be the next step toward a flourishing career. Come visit us in South Bend, Indianapolis, or Louisville.


According to Georgia’s governor Brian Kemp, the state will be ending their pandemic unemployment benefits on June 26th. In preparation for the change, Kemp stated that state officials will provide resources for job search support, education and training opportunities, and much more in an effort to get the state back to work. Our Atlanta location is the perfect place to begin taking the next steps in your career.


As part of their “return to work” initiative, the state of Florida will also be ending benefits on June 26th. The Department of Economic Opportunity announced the change on May 24th, and has been preparing for an influx of workers ever since. The end of benefits should be of no concern for residents of Orlando, Pensacola, and surrounding areas, because our two locations are ready to take on students.

South Carolina

Like Florida and Georgia, South Carolina will be ending their unemployment benefits on June 26th. SC Works centers around the state are working hard to begin connecting job seekers with job fairs, hiring events, referrals, and more. Thanks to our TDI location in Columbia, South Carolinians can begin their journey to obtain their CDL just in time for these benefits to end.


The last state of our locations to end benefits is Tennessee, with their benefits coming to an end on Saturday, July 3rd. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has resources available for people looking to transition back into the workforce, but one of the best options could be at our Nashville TDI location. 

Why Truck Driver Institute?

As pandemic unemployment benefits come to an end across the country, it can be intimidating to decide what steps to take next when it comes to your career. However, truck drivers are currently in high demand, and our immersive instructional program can be completed in just three weeks. If you’re looking for an opportunity to travel the country while making great money, then the Truck Driver Institute is the perfect place for you.

Here at TDI, we’ve been working to train individuals to get their Commercial Drivers License since 1973. With eleven campuses located in seven states, we are the largest Class A CDL School East of the Rocky Mountains that is not owned by a trucking company. Thanks to years of experience, there are several reasons why you should consider TDI for all of your CDL training needs.

It’s Affordable

At Truck Driver Institute, you can get started with as little as $225 out of pocket. We also offer a variety of financial aid resources to help ensure that everyone can pursue a career in the industry. We offer career education funding, many employers offer tuition assistance, there are grants and scholarships available, and if you’re a veteran you may qualify for benefits from the GI Bill ®.

It’s Fast

Our CDL training program was created by experienced truck driving professionals, and with this proper instruction and training, you can receive your CDL in just 3 weeks. The training consists of classroom hours as well as supervised driving hours, which puts you well ahead of the competition. Our course includes: preparation for the written CDL test, mechanical knowledge, nighttime driving, pre-trip inspection information, and so much more.

It’s Effective

TDI’s job placement program yields impressive results, with an over 86% success rate. With the help of our program, you can start a brand new career with great pay and benefits in just three short weeks. Pay varies by location and employers, but TDI graduates generally earn between $40,000 and $78,000 per year, making trucking an extremely attractive career choice.

Get Started With TDI Today

Several states will be ending their pandemic unemployment benefits in the near future, which means getting a jump start on your career is more important than ever. Whether you’re just starting out or completely reinventing yourself, a career as a truck driver is a wonderful opportunity. Fill out our interest form to get more information, or call (800) 848-7364 today to begin your journey with one of the best CDL training schools in the country.

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Get your Class A CDL in our friendly, supportive CDL training program. TRAIN with experienced instructors – multiple good-paying, secure job choices with benefits available for eligible graduates. EARN $700 – $1000+ / week to start as a truck driver. Get started today by filling out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!