Businesses Struggle Despite Millions of Job Openings
(UnitedVoice.com) – When President Joe Biden signed his COVID-19 stimulus package into law he extended $300 weekly in enhanced unemployment benefits. Republicans didn’t want to do that because they believed it would lead to people staying home and collecting a government check while refusing to work. It looks like they hit the nail on the head.
According to the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, job openings in the US hit 8.12 million in March. Businesses across the country are saying they’re having a difficult time filling job openings.
Turns out paying people more NOT to work isn’t such a great pro-work policy https://t.co/IWoqan34jm
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 10, 2021
On May 11, Fox News reported that 44% of small businesses said they were not able to fill job openings in April. Experts said the reasons for the labor shortage include the enhanced unemployment benefits, fear of getting COVID-19, and a lack of childcare.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) said the Biden administration is “in denial” that many companies can’t find employees because the unemployment “benefits are discouraging work.” Some GOP-led states have even ended the unemployment boost in hopes of encouraging people to get back to it. However, until the White House makes solving the problem a priority, it will likely continue to be an issue.
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