Businesses Complain Generous Jobless Benefits Make It Hard To Find Workers
Tens of millions of people are out of work because of the corona virus but if they apply for unemployment they get six hundred dollars a week which is more than some were making in their previous jobs. That was a deliberate effort. By Congress to cushion the economic fallout from the pandemic but now those benefits are getting a second. Look here's NPR chief. Economics correspondent Scott horsely preschool teacher. Lady Morris has been out of work for more than two months but the Portland Oregon Childcare Center. Where she worked is thinking about reopening. Moore's is dreading it as much as she loves the infants and toddlers. She used to care for. They always have naughty faces. It's just one cold effort and other. That's just the name of the game in daycare and it feels just like an epicenter for spreading disease and it feels really scary to go back to that preschool. Teachers don't make a lot of money. Thanks the extra six hundred dollars a weekend. Unemployment benefits the federal government offering during the pandemic. Moore's is actually making more now than she did on the job. She hate to give that up if she and her fellow preschool. Teachers are called back to work. It's terrible to say but we're all doing better now. It's hard to think about going back to work in this pandemic and getting paid less than we are right now. Where we're safe at home and minute quaranteed. Atoms of Gravel Switch Kentucky is in no hurry to go back to work either. The cracker barrel restaurant where he worked has just started offering limited indoor dining again after weeks of takeout. Only service. Adams's worried though. Too many people are still getting sick. I don't feel like it's over yet. I would wait to see as things we open. If the case load increases again for now Adams has decided to stay home mostly out of concern for the four elderly relatives. He lives with but the extra six hundred dollars a week and unemployment. He's receiving did factor into his decision. I would say it has to some extent it still really needs to be more about my family members but it's been very generous having the cares act. Some business owners complained that generous unemployment benefits are making it harder for them to find workers. Rachel Davis runs a consignment shop in Warren's bird Missouri since reopening this month she's been buying hand sanitizer by the gallant disinfectant. Is My new fragrance. She jokes she's living traffic in the store to three customers at a time and everyone who comes in must wear a mask customers have thanked us for that and my sales are actually up since we reopened. Davis also gave her part time employees. A modest raise but the ten to eleven dollars an hour. They make is far less than they work. Electing on unemployment one of her four workers has not come back. I know I shouldn't take it personally. That she's doing what she feels is in her best interest but as an employer actually. Kinda hurt economist at the University of Chicago estimate. More than two-thirds of the workers unemployment are making more in jobless benefits than they did at work in some two to three times as much. That's a stark reminder of just how low the pay is in many hard hit industries when millions of low wage workers were suddenly forced to stop working to protect public health economist. Joseph Vavra says there were good reasons for the federal government to step in with some relief. Getting people money today so that you can buy groceries and NOCCO hungry getting people money so they can pay their rent. The basic necessities of life kind of makes sense still bobber and his colleague. Peter Gong say the flat six hundred dollars a week. Benefit does create questions of fairness especially when other low income workers are still on the job doing essential. Work if you're a janitor and you work at a hospital you're facing increased risk at your job and likely have not received a pay raise but if you're janitor and you worked at a school that's shut down and you actually get fifty percent raise from claiming unemployment benefits likewise retail workers on furlough or collecting forty two percent more on average from unemployment than the grocery workers who are still busy stocking shelves. The six hundred dollar week benefits are set to expire at the end of July and Congress has to decide whether to extend them good on. Bava argue with double digit unemployment. Maintaining some kind of increased benefits will be vital but they suggest those benefits could be more closely to workers old paychecks so as not to discourage a return to work so new chartier and her husband opted not to go back to their old jobs with a Wisconsin. Furniture store customers. There aren't required to wear masks then short worries about infecting her mother-in-law. We're lucky and we can decide to stay home. And I'm grateful for that and I know so. Many people can't make that decision and I. It's really hard but we don't have feel like it's safe to go out short to your nose turning down. Her old job may cost her unemployment benefits and she started look for new jobs. Maybe one she can do from home or while. Otherwise avoiding risk her number one question for would be employers. What are you doing to protect your workers?