NFIB State Director Dawn Starns McVea said today that the state’s leading small business advocacy organization is urging the Louisiana Legislature to pass a measure ending the state’s participation in federal COVID-19 supplemental unemployment assistance.
“Our small business members were grateful a year ago when Congress agreed to help supplement unemployment payments to people who lost their jobs because of the pandemic, but that’s having the unintended side effect of discouraging some people from returning to work. Our economy is improving, but a lot of employers say they can’t find enough workers, and that labor shortage is beginning to affect customer service.
“NFIB’s jobs report for April shows a record 44% of small business owners nationwide have job openings they can’t fill. Our hope is that ending the federal supplement will encourage more people to reenter the workforce.”