Amid COVID surge, states that cut benefits still see no hiring boost

The August slowdown in U.S. job creation hit harder in states that pulled the plug early on enhanced federal unemployment benefits, places where an intense summertime surge of coronavirus cases may have held back the hoped-for job growth. New state-level data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the group of mostly RepublicanContinue reading “Amid COVID surge, states that cut benefits still see no hiring boost”

In Blow to GOP Narrative, Missouri Cut to Jobless Benefits Not Boosting Hiring

“It’s almost as if the pandemic unemployment benefits weren’t the issue.” The Republican narrative that enhanced unemployment benefits are dissuading people from returning to work—and that cutting off the aid is necessary to boost hiring—is running up against reality in the GOP-led state of Missouri, where officials have yet to see any significant increase in jobContinue reading “In Blow to GOP Narrative, Missouri Cut to Jobless Benefits Not Boosting Hiring”

US food banks brace for demand as Republicans end unemployment benefits

19.3 million adults said in late May that their households didn’t get enough food to eat while several states have started to cut benefits Food banks in many states across the US are bracing for a surge in demand for food aid due to Republican governors ending federal extended unemployment benefits early in a moveContinue reading “US food banks brace for demand as Republicans end unemployment benefits”

Joe Manchin’s “highly suspicious” reversal on voting bill follows donation from corporate lobby

U.S. Chamber of Commerce sure loves Joe Manchin. Is that why his op-ed on voting bill echoed their talking points? Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat famous for his vow to maintain the Senate filibuster and thereby scuttle much of President Biden’s agenda, recently published an op-ed opposing the For the People Act, Democrats’Continue reading “Joe Manchin’s “highly suspicious” reversal on voting bill follows donation from corporate lobby”

Pay a Living Wage or ‘Flip Your Own Damn Burgers’: Progressives Blast Right-Wing Narrative on Jobs

“If one in four recipients are making more off unemployment than they did working, that’s not an indictment of $300 a week in UI benefits. It’s an indictment of corporations paying starvation wages.” Pushing back on the right-wing narrative about the reason for real or perceived labor shortages in some markets nationwide, progressives on FridayContinue reading “Pay a Living Wage or ‘Flip Your Own Damn Burgers’: Progressives Blast Right-Wing Narrative on Jobs”

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