It’s true that the COVID-19 pandemic not only took a toll on the economy last year as restrictions and lockdowns brought normal business to a halt, but as a result, millions were left unemployed and dependent on federal unemployment assistance to get by.
Unfortunately, the federal unemployment benefits were extended far beyond the reopening of routine business in most of America, which has resulted in many choosing a free government check over putting in a 40-hour workweek to earn a living. While Democrats have attempted to spin that fact, a new poll confirmed it once and for all, according to the Washington Examiner.
The numbers don’t lie
Small and large businesses across the nation quickly found themselves in uncharted territory as the country slowly resumed normal business as the pandemic eased. Suddenly, finding employees became a monumental challenge.
President Joe Biden has extended the federal unemployment benefits until September 2021, which many claims is ridiculously far past when the benefits should have ended. But because people are still able to sit at home and collect a check without working, the consequences have taken a toll.
Democrats and other Biden defenders have attempted to spin the reason why employers struggle to find employees with a long list of ridiculous excuses, but a recent Morning Consult poll revealed that 1.84 million American workers turned down at least one job offer during the pandemic, with nearly half — at 45% — citing federal unemployment benefits as their reason for turning down gainful employment.
Specifically, the federal unemployment boost provides former workers with an extra $300 per week in addition to whatever their respective state pays them, making sitting at home more lucrative for many of the workers who depend on unskilled labor for money, otherwise.
The Examiner did the math, and based on the average amount paid out by states, with the addition of Biden’s generous federal boost, unemployed workers are literally pulling in roughly $17.70 per hour by staying home, yet Democrats insist that the labor shortage is not a direct result of Biden’s extension.
Red-state governors knew this
As the debate raged on over whether or not federal unemployment extensions contributed to the shortage in the labor market, a staggering 26 governors, mostly Republican, opted out of the federal extension with the hopes of spurring government freeloaders to go back on the hunt for employment.
In addition, some of the governors who opted out of the federal extension also shortened the unemployment period offered by the state, which ranged from a reduction of five to 12 weeks, depending on the state.
The survey revealed that 69% of unemployment recipients acknowledged that their benefits will expire within two months, which will undoubtedly encourage them to at least begin the process of seeking employment. Early-movers shouldn’t have a problem, as most industries are overwhelmingly short-staffed at the moment.
Last month, Biden admitted that it “makes sense” that the federal extension ends in September, with many interpreting that as a signal that he doesn’t plan on future extensions, though that could easily change if COVID-19 cases suddenly skyrocket around that time.
Hopefully, the unemployment benefits extension will be allowed to expire in September. While it won’t immediately repair a shaken economy, it’ll at least spur a few million folks to get back to work, which will benefit everyone.