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Where are the workers? Cutoff of jobless aid spurs no influx

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Earlier this year, an insistent cry arose from business leaders and Republican governors : Cut off a $300-a-week federal supplement for unemployed Americans.

10/22/2021 7:31:00 PM

Earlier this year, business leaders and Republican governors said to cut off a $300-a-week federal supplement for unemployed Americans. Many people, they argued, would then take jobs. Yet three months later, there’s been no big influx of job seekers.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Earlier this year, an insistent cry arose from business leaders and Republican governors : Cut off a $300-a-week federal supplement for unemployed Americans.

.Some former recipients, especially older, more affluent ones, have decided to retire earlier than they had planned. With Americans’ overall home values and stock portfolios having surged since the pandemic struck, Fed officials estimate that up to 2 million more people have retired since then than otherwise would have.

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And after having received three stimulus checks in 18 months, plus federal jobless aid in some cases, most households have larger cash cushions than they did before the pandemic. Greig and her colleagues at JPMorgan foundin a studythat the median bank balance for the poorest one-quarter of households has jumped 70% since COVID hit. A result is that some people are taking time to consider their options before rushing back into the job market.

Graham Berryman, a 44-year-old resident of Springfield, Missouri, has been living off savings since Missouri cut off the $300-a-week federal jobless payment in June. He has had temporary work reviewing documents for law firms in the past. But he hasn’t found anything permanent since August 2020.

“I’m not lazy,” Berryman said. “I am unemployed. That does not mean I’m lazy. Just because someone cannot find suitable work in their profession doesn’t mean they’re trash to be thrown away.”Likewise, some couples have decided that they can get by with only one income, rather than two, at least temporarily.

Sarah Hamby of Kokomo, Indiana, lost her $300-a-week federal payment this summer after Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican, ended that benefit early. Hamby’s husband, who is 65, has kept his job working an overnight shift at a printing press throughout the pandemic. But he may decide to join the ranks of people retiring earlier than they’d planned.

And Hamby, 51, may do so herself if she doesn’t find work soon. The jobs she had for decades at auto factories have largely disappeared. The positions that she sees available now require skills she doesn’t have. Yet she isn’t desperate for just any job.

“I’m at a point where I feel too old to go off and get educated or trained to do other type of work,” she said. “And to be honest, I don’t want to go work at a computer, in an office, like what a lot of us are being pushed to do. So now I’m stuck between doing some line of work that pays too little for what it’s worth — or is too physically demanding — or I just don’t work.”

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Nationally, the proportion of women who were either working or looking for work in September fell for a second straight month, evidence that many parents — mostly mothers — are still. Staffing at childcare centers has fallen, reducing the care that is available. And while schools have reopened for in-person learning, frequent closings because of COVID outbreaks have been disruptive for some working parents.

Exacerbating the labor shortfall, a record number of peoplequit their jobs in August, in some cases spurred by the prospect of higher pay elsewhere.In Missouri, a group of businesses, still frustrated by labor shortages more than three months after the state cut off the $300-a-week federal jobless checks,

that said: “Get Off Your Butt!” and “Get. To. Work.”The state has seen no growth in its workforce since ending emergency benefits.“We don’t know where people are,” said Brad Parke, general manager of Greek Corner Screen Printing and Embroidery, who helped pay for the billboards. “Obviously, they’re not at work. Apparently, they’re at home.”

Richard von Glahn, policy director for Missouri Jobs With Justice, an advocacy group, suggested that many people on the sidelines of the job market want more benefits or the flexibility to care for children.“People don’t want to go back” to the pre-pandemic job market, von Glahn said. “Employers have a role in creating a work environment and offering a package that provides workers the security they need.”

In Wyoming, fewer people are in the workforce now than when the state cut off all emergency jobless aid. Fear of contracting COVID-19 likely discouraged some people from seeking jobs, Wenlin Liu, chief economist at the state Economic Analysis Division, said last week.

Wyoming has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, he noted, and has been a COVID-19 hotspot since late summer. The surge in infections, Liu said, may be causing some parents to keep their children home.State Rep. Landon Brown, a Republican, defended the cutoff of federal unemployment aid.

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“Wyoming,” Brown said, “is not interested in continuing to allow the federal government to keep people away from jobs, paying them as much to stay home in some cases as to go and get a job.”Mississippi ended all emergency jobless aid on June 12. Yet it had fewer people working in August than in May. In Tupelo last week, a job fair attracted 60 companies, including a recruiter from VT Halter Marine, a shipbuilder located 300 miles south. About 150 to 200 job seekers also attended, fewer than some businesses had hoped.

Adam Todd had organized the job fair for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, which helps people find jobs and distributes unemployment benefits. The agency has received “calls of desperation,” Todd said, “from businesses needing to recruit workers during the pandemic.

“We’re in a different point in time than we have been in a very long time,” Todd said. “The job seeker is truly in the driver’s seat right now.”___Smith is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

___Rugaber reported from Arlington, Virginia. AP Writers Emily Wagster Pettus in Jackson, Mississippi, Mead Gruver in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Summer Ballentine in Jefferson City, Missouri, contributed to this report. Read more: The Associated Press »

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I have not received my child tax credit for the months of July, August, September and October. What's going on and why I haven't received those payments for my eligible dependants. The money was destined for all of the Americans in need. We had Covid Let it be known I do not like Governor Ron he a bully . He does not care how many people die he going to get what he wants And that is sad. Give him a bottle you get what you want no matter what.

I know we are not suppose to hate but this guy right here I do not like. He a bully. People here getting kill but he does not say anything. But that girl name gabby he made sure 4wks later he made sure he reaches out to the family. I live in FL a state I hate with a passion not no time has Ron said anything about helping fl. But his fat butt is quick to tell Police officers move to FL we will give you a 5k bonus. The only thing he gave was 1k to the Dr's and Nurses. And teachers But not Florida.

All the white folks have been throwing hints at the people that are saying we are fed up. Every day the government is stealing from us. But only thing they say with their smart mouths is get a job. Well why don't yall get a job. Employers are baffled that workers do no want to return to toxic and dangerous work environments considering that they now have to deal with people actively spreading a virus that can kill the workers and their families too. There, fixed your title for you. Invoice is en route.

DixieProle Those people wrong? On anything? Genuinely shocking. No mention of close to 1M dead people in this article about lack of workers, despite aid coming to an end or cut off early in many states. Even AFTER companies like thegreekcorner helping to pay for motivational billboards reading ‘Get Off Your Butt’ and ‘Get. To. Work.’

Republican Governor's. Enough said. +States that took away the benefit early, lost millions of local revenue. $180 of every $300 check went directly to local spending & tax collection. So states lost money, made their citizens poorer & it didn’t budge the jobs market. A lose-lose-lose move for those dumb states.

People want to work, just not for companies who pay low wages & have toxic environments with no covid safety. According to the Census Bureau, more than 4.4 million new businesses were created in the U.S. during 2020 — the highest total on record.

Where are the workers? Cutoff of jobless aid spurs no influxEarlier this year, an insistent cry arose from business leaders and Republican governors: Cut off a $300-a-week federal supplement for unemployed Americans This sums it up she has become much “pickier' about where she’s willing to work after having lost a catering job last year. Losing the $300-a-week federal payment hasn’t changed her mind. She'll receive her regular state jobless aid for a few more weeks.

Child care! You got a Bible verse for this marcorubio ? I saw a job posting at a gas station this morning. $11/hour Must be available days/nights/weekends/holidays And the owner wined about not getting “qualified” applicants. Because f*ck working for peanuts and slave wages. I personally enjoy seeing places that refuse to treat humans like humans going out of business, ESPECIALLY the trumper mom and pop stores. I hope they all go under.

It’s possible that workers just don’t want to be treated like the dirt beneath an employers feet anymore. If you are going to live in poverty whether you work or not, why work and also have someone make you feel bad? A year and a half of making more money than they ever had adds up. Yeah, but they still got to screw the little guy over, so there's that. 🙄

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Conservative economics fail? That’s unpossible. right wing economics is a fairy tale That would be because the problem is not Federal money. No big surprise, as republicans real reason for attacking such a program is their contempt for working class people. There will be as soon as people start getting evicted.

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