The U.S. Chamber of Commerce called on Congress to end the $300 boost in unemployment aid to encourage workers to return to work in response to Friday’s weak employment report.
The April jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the economy is adding far fewer jobs than expected, and unemployment rose slightly to 6.1%. This indicates the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is occurring a little slower than hoped.
“The disappointing jobs report makes it clear that paying people not to work is dampening what should be a stronger jobs market,” said Neil Bradley, the Chamber of Commerce’s head of policy.
For the first few months of 2021, those receiving unemployment benefits got an extra $300 a week from the federal government on top of what their state already provided. The average person also receives $387 in state weekly unemployment payments, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, for a total of approximately $687 every week in aid between the federal and state benefits.