Researchers Find Only 10% of Unemployed People Seeking Work

Researchers Find Only 10% of Unemployed People Seeking Work

( – America has been bouncing back from pandemic-induced depression steadily over the last number of months. However, the figures for employment are highly troubling. There are plenty of job openings across the country, but businesses struggle to find workers to fill them. As of early June, 7.6 million fewer people are employed than before the pandemic.

Some commentators have opined that the Biden administration’s generous unemployment benefits have encouraged people to remain out of work, and the data appears to support that idea. On Wednesday, June 30, Axios reported on a new employment survey which found that, of the 10 million Americans currently unemployed, only 10% are “actively and urgently” seeking jobs. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned that this is exactly what would happen if the government paid more unemployment benefits than people made by working.

As the report points out, Americans of working age have the “power to be choosy,” a relatively unprecedented development in our employment market. It’s not just employment benefits that are creating this situation, either. On June 29, the US Supreme Court decided to allow the CDC’s moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent to remain in place. This means landlords cannot remove tenants who fail to pay for their accommodations until the end of July.

When you think about it, it makes complete sense that some people don’t want to work. When they get free money from the government and don’t have to pay rent, why bother?

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