Job Searches Up in States that Nixed $300/week Federal Benefit

Date: June 02, 2021

Will Pennsylvania be next? Not likely, but NFIB pressure continues

According to the Washington Examiner, and other news agencies, “people began searching for jobs more in states that decided to opt out of the federal government’s expanded unemployment benefits, early research has found. Jed Kolko, the chief economist for the employment website Indeed, found that job search activity rose, relative to the national trend, in the roughly two dozen states that have announced they are ending the expanded unemployment benefits program early, a sign that cessation of the program might begin to mend what many economists are characterizing as a labor shortage.”

Additionally, the article continues, “A state’s share of national clicks, on average, was up between 3% and 4% from the day of the announcement to three days later. Tourism, hospitality, sales, and marketing saw the greatest increases, although search activity also rose among career paths not typically associated with lower wages, such as banking, finance, and the medical field.”

Will Pennsylvania follow suit? It is unlikely, but, PA NFIB will continue to advocate for returning unemployed individuals to the workforce.

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