1/3 (1.84 Million) of Americans Turned Down Job Offers During the Pandemic to Stay on Biden’s Enhanced Unemployment

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“Let me just try to give you sort of the intuitive one here on the stimulus funds. If you have a two-person economy – let’s imagine we have two farms, and that’s the whole world, just two farms. If one of those farmers gets unemployment benefits, who do you think pays for him? Am I going way over your heads today?” – Arthur Laffer

Newsmax.com reports that

An estimated 1.84 million Americans turned down work to stay on the Biden administration’s jobless bonus payroll, according to Morning Consult’s latest poll.

About one-third of unemployment benefit recipients have turned down job offers during the pandemic, including 45% of those who cited the unemployment benefits as a major factor in turning down the job and 13% who said unemployment benefits were the direct reason they turned down the job.

President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, signed into law in March, delivered a $300 weekly bonus for Americans who remained unemployed, on top of regular unemployment benefits. Republicans argued that meant many jobless Americans would be paid more not to work than to reenter the labor force.

The 1.84 million estimate comes from 13% of those directly turning down work due to unemployment benefits, among the roughly 14.1 million collecting in mid-June when the poll was taken.

“Looking ahead, 1.84 million also provides a reasonable upper bound estimate of the number of jobs likely to be filled through the end of the year as a result of the expiration of federal unemployment benefits over the summer,” Morning Consult chief economist John Leer wrote.

Also, Republicans have a case in their criticism of the extended benefits, according to the Washington Examiner.

The national average of statewide unemployment payers was $387, so the average jobless American collecting the $300 bonus was netting $687 a week, which would equate to $17.17 hourly wage to remain out of work. That is more than double the current federal minimum wage and even higher than progressive Democrats’ plan to impose a $15 minimum wage nationwide.

The governors of 26 states nationwide have opted out of the Biden bonus early, shortening the duration from 12 weeks to five and excluding gig workers and independent contractors, according to Morning Consult.

The ending of the Biden bonus is a motivator for the unemployed to get back to work sooner, though, according to the poll.

Not only do 35% of all unemployment recipients feel a lot of pressure to find work, those who know their bonus is expiring soon are more likely to be feeling the pressure to find work. The difference is 20 percentage points as 45% whose benefits expired with a month feel pressure to find work, while just 25% over three months into the future said they feel pressure to get back to work, the poll found.

Morning Consult surveyed 5,000 U.S. adults June 22-25, including 463 receiving unemployment benefits at the time of the poll. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

From my “castle” on  a hill here in Northwest Mississippi, I can tell you that , despite Biden’s claims to the contrary, the giving away of Taypayers’ money to those who continued for months to refuse to go back to work, did indeed make a difference in America’s economy…and their actions affected those of us who remained at work for the last 20 months and those whom we worked for.

I live in a town just across the state line from Memphis, Tennessee, my hometown.

There is a state highway, basically a four-lane road, connecting four such towns, complete with grocery stores, banks, movie theaters, restaurants, fast food places, gas stations, and retail stores such as Walmart, Best Buy, and Hobby Lobby, often enclosed in outdoor shopping malls.

For months upon end, inhabitants of Northwest Mississippi seeking to eat and/or shop have found themselves basically pushed out of the way by Memphians who came down to take advantage of our lower tax rate (7%) and to spend the “free” money that Uncle Joe gave them.

For example, recently, on my day off I ordered some Popeye’s Fried Chicken using their app for an early dinner for my wife and I so that she would not have to cook when she got home from work.

I ordered it around 3:30 p.m. I drove over there and, after waiting in the car line for 30 minutes, I finally asked about my order in the speaker, only to be told that they were out of food and would be shutting down for the day.

It was only 4:00 p.m!!!

Needless to say , I got the money put back on my credit card.

Mississippi ended the Enhanced Unemployment around 1 month ago. Tennessee ended it Saturday, July 3rd.

Coming home from work last night, the lines at the fast food restaurants seemed shorter., so maybe people are realizing that they need to go find a job.

I hope so.

Those who have worked so hard all these months in understaffed businesses need help.

And, we would like to be able to actually get something to eat at a fast food restaurant, too.

I’m just sayin’.

Until He Comes,

KJ

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One thought on “1/3 (1.84 Million) of Americans Turned Down Job Offers During the Pandemic to Stay on Biden’s Enhanced Unemployment

  1. Our Governor in NC just vetoed a bill that would have turned down this Federal Government bribe money for keeping workers home. Small business owners cannot compete with Uncle Sugar and are in danger of closing like so many others did in 2020. Of course, this is the plan.

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