A new poll blew apart the media’s year-long gaslighting that extended unemployment benefits weren’t discouraging work.
A new Morning Consult poll estimated based on 14.1 million Americans who were receiving unemployment insurance for the week ending June 19 that “benefits reduced the number of accepted job offers by an estimated 1.84 million over the course of the pandemic.” The 1.84 million Americans turned down jobs likely because of government handouts. Morning Consult’s survey found that “[m]ost workers receiving unemployment insurance know that their benefits are about to expire, signaling that job acceptance and search practices are likely to change even before benefits actually expire.”
Morning Consult illustrated how unemployment benefits were affecting Americans’ decisions to remain unemployed or get a job:
Forty-five percent of those who turned down a job offer cited the generosity of UI benefits as a major reason why they did not accept the job offer, meaning that over half of the jobs that UI recipients rejected would have been rejected even if they were no longer receiving benefits. Taken together, unemployment benefits directly contributed to 13% of UI recipients rejecting a job offer during the pandemic.
So much for the media’s regurgitated Biden administration talking point that unemployment benefits don’t discourage workforce participation. The Boston Globe’s July 2020 editorial was headlined, “No, unemployment benefits do not discourage work.” [Emphasis added.]
But The Globe wasn’t the only outlet to have hoodwinked America on the effects of extended unemployment benefits. In fact, numerous left-wing outlets pounded the same gaslighting drum. Time magazine’s July 2021 story was just absurd: “The U.S. Spends Less Than Nearly Every Country on Unemployment. That’s Why People Can’t Get Jobs.” The Washington Post ran a ridiculous story in May 2021 headlined, “No, unemployment benefits don’t stop people from returning to work.” The Hill also ran a story in February 2021 headlined, “Boosted jobless benefits did little to discourage workers from finding jobs: study.” The Guardian published a story in May 2021 headlined, “‘No one wants to work anymore’: the truth behind this unemployment benefits myth.”
While health care concerns and childcare obligations are a barrier to many unemployed workers accepting jobs, these workers acknowledge that they would be employed in the absence of unemployment benefits.