Did the $300 boost cause the worker shortage?

Julie Antoine wants to go back to work.  

The 60-year-old unemployed travel agent used to make around $7,000 a month working in Gainesville, Florida. But since losing her two jobs at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, she has relied on the state’s unemployment benefit, which tops out at $275 a week, an amount equal to what Antoine used to make in two days.

“It is nothing close to what I was earning …  even with the (extra) $600 and the $300 that they were giving,” she says of the temporary federal boosts to Florida’s unemployment checks. “I’d rather work and make $7,000 a month than not work and make $1,100.” 

The economy took a major leap forward in June when employers added 850,000 jobs. But many businesses say they are struggling to find workers, a shortage that some employers and Republican lawmakers blame on the federal jobless aid, which they say discourages people from returning to work.

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