New Clark County mask mandate will only exacerbate a huge problem: Finding workers
CARSON CITY, Nev., July 22, 2021—In a letter released publicly today, the state’s leading small-business association called on Gov. Steve Sisolak to do what governors in half the nation’s other states have already done to get workers back to work—end the extra $300 a week the federal government adds on top state unemployment checks.
“Now that Clark County has re-ordered employees to wear masks, this only exacerbates the problem, making some fearful of returning to work for safety considerations,” said Randi Thompson, Nevada state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). “There is a limit to what any governor can do about containing a virus, but they can do a lot to help their state economies by removing the perverse incentive some unemployed workers have to stay at home because it pays better.”
The letter cites three surveys highlighting the problem:
- The latest National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) survey of small businesses reported that 46% of all business owners have job openings they could not fill, far above the 48-year historical average of 22%.
- A poll released by Morning Consult that found about 1.8 million out-of-work Americans have turned down jobs because of the generosity of unemployment insurance benefits.
- A Wall Street Journal finding that “Americans Are Leaving Unemployment Rolls More Quickly in States Cutting Off Benefits.”
“I’m sure you know that Las Vegas has the highest unemployment rate of the large metro areas. That is why your former colleagues at the Clark County Commission recently promoted a job fair in Las Vegas in the hopes of filling 12,000 job openings … You are offering $5 million in incentives for people to get vaccinated, but there are no programs incentivizing people to get back to work,” said the letter.
Keep up with the latest Nevada small-business news at www.nfib.com/nevada, where this news release can also be found, or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_NV.
For 78 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.
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