Nearly 2 Million Americans Have Turned Down Jobs to Remain on Unemployment: Poll
463 out-of-work Americans were surveyed by Morning Consult last month
1.8 million Americans have turned down job offers in order to remain on unemployment insurance, a new poll has found.
463 out-of-work Americans were surveyed by Morning Consult last month.
13% said they refused job offers because they “receive enough money from unemployment insurance without having to work.”
Other reasons for turning down job offers included lack of job flexibility, worries about the pandemic, and child care responsibilities.
At the time the survey was conducted, around 4.1 million adults were collecting benefits, which meant 1.8 million Americans turned down jobs because they were happy with handouts.
The federal government-funded $300-per-week enhanced unemployment insurance under Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.
The policy has enhanced a slow labor market recovery.
Twenty-six states, 25 of which are Republican-led, opted out of the program.
Nine of the ten states with the most robust labor market recoveries have Republican governors, a personal finance company WalletHub recently found.
But the bottom 10 states are unsurprisingly Democrat-run.
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According to another report, many blue states are offering benefits packages “equivalent to $100,000 a year in salary for a family of four with two unemployed parents.”
Not including “food stamps, school breakfast and lunch programs, rental assistance, and the fact that some unemployment benefits are not subject to federal income tax,” analysts found “the maximum benefit package when including the $300 a week supplemental UI benefit” vastly outweighs median household income.
Federal unemployment insurance is a major cause of distortions in the labor market, according to the Federal Reserve’s semiannual report to Congress.
Some businesses have even resorted to offering incentives like signing bonuses and retention bonuses to those willing to work.
Job listing company Indeed said the number of postings on their site with such perks soared to 4.1%, double that of June 2020.