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It is predicted more than 2 million Americans across 18 Republican states will be cut off from enhance federal unemployment benefits that have prevented millions of people from living in poverty. Their governors say these benefits are too generous and employers are complaining that they are not able to fill job vacancies.

Governors cited the 266,000 U.S. jobs in April which fell far below the 1 million predicted by economists. According to Department of Labor Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, there are more than 8 million unfilled positions in the U.S. It is no mention of whether unfilled position to financially to meet obligations of working Americans.

Senators Bernie Sanders, Democratic Independent Senator from Vermont begs the difference. He contends, “Let’s be clear, there is not a shortage of willing workers in America.” He goes on to say, “There is a shortage of employers willing to pay workers a living wage with decent benefits. If employers truly want to expand their workforce, there is a simple solution: raise wages and provide decent benefits,” he said.

It is expected more than 2 million Americans across 18 Republican states will be cut off from enhance federal unemployment benefits that have prevented millions of people from living in poverty. Their governors say these benefits are too generous and employers are complaining that they are not able to fill job vacancies.

Governors cited the 266,000 U.S. jobs in April which fell far below the 1 million predicted by economists. According to Department of Labor Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, there are more than 8 million unfilled positions in the U.S. It is no mention of whether unfilled position to financially to meet obligations of working Americans.

Senators Bernie Sanders, Democratic Independent Senator from Vermont begs the difference. He contends, “Let’s be clear, there is not a shortage of willing workers in America.” He goes on to say, “There is a shortage of employers willing to pay workers a living wage with decent benefits. If employers truly want to expand their workforce, there is a simple solution: raise wages and provide decent benefits,” he said.

Experts predicts ending the federal unemployment benefit program may not yield expected outcome perceived by Republican led states in hopes of sparking an outpour of job applications. Experts say workers still need to care for a child or elderly person, and there is a fear of exposure to the coronavirus on the job.

The unemployed worker stands to lose approximately $230 per week of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance [PUA] which enable gig workers, independent contractors and self-employment workers to collect the unemployment benefits which they are otherwise ineligible for, and the $300 and-on benefit—that’s according to calculation of the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration provided by MatchWatch based on the national average weekly benefit amount during the first quarter of 2021.

With the exception of Alaska, Arizona and Ohio, most states are ending their PUA program. More than 7 million workers received PUA benefits as of April 24 according to Department of Labor.

In addition to this, most governors are ending the federal program that enables people to collect unemployment who have already exhausted their state benefits, and one that allowed people with multiple sources of income including self-employers— to collect an additional $100 a week.

Those who relied on the extended benefits program will lose $606 a week including the $300 add-on benefit if their state terminated it as indicated with the Department of Labor calculations based on national average weekly benefit amount during the first quarter of 2021.

However, some states like Arizona, Montana and Ohio are offering returning-to-work bonuses as high as $2,000, an incentive to attract workers back to work and bonus could also be applied towards child care costs. In addition to a bonus, Arizona is providing funds to cover three-month’s worth of child-care costs to individuals who return to work and earn less than $25 an hour at their new job. So, Senator Sanders’ message seems to be resonating with most employers.