The South Carolina governor said on Monday that federal unemployment programs that provide an additional $ 300 to unemployed residents “put us right on the road to socialism.”
Republican Henry McMaster announced on Thursday that his state will withdraw from the coronavirus pandemic aid programs starting June 30.
He told Tucker Carlson on Monday that his state is experiencing a labor shortage as a result of the boosts. That came after experts revealed that people who made $ 32,000 before COVID could now earn more by staying at home.
McMaster said, “This is about as close to socialism as I’ve seen. We’re all over looking for needy applications, we get calls and letters and texts from all kinds of businesses across the state looking for people to work.
‘People don’t come to work because in some cases they get the same amount or more by staying at home.’
McMaster said on Monday, ‘It’s counterproductive and I’m afraid what the Biden government is doing is telling everyone that the virus is still widespread and is still in grave danger. Everyone must stay at home. That is not true.
‘We have people and companies who are actively looking for people every day and who cannot find them because they pay at home. Go find a job, go back to work. That’s how you build an economy and a family and everything else.
Biden’s proposals are totally underproductive, deadly, and it puts us right on the road to socialism. We have to fight this. ‘
The Department of Labor reported Friday that the U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs in April, well below the 1 million jobs most forecasters expected.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has said the federal unemployment benefits “ put us on the road to socialism ” and Tucker told Carlson that they have led to a labor shortage.
Bank of America estimates that anyone who made $ 32,000 before the pandemic can now get more from a combination of state and federal unemployment benefits.
They can also claim benefits for up to 39 weeks – almost a full year – whereas previously it was limited to 26 weeks. The median U.S. salary in 2019 was $ 31,133.
The federal benefits include an additional $ 300 weekly for unemployed workers scheduled to run in early September.
Joe Biden was forced on Monday to warn anyone who is unemployed and offered a ‘suitable job’ that they should take it or lose their benefits.
The president has rejected calls from Republicans to cut the additional $ 300 weekly unemployment benefit passed under his COVID contingency plan. That benefit will end in September.
In eight states, the unemployed can earn at least $ 600 a week in benefits. Massachusetts offers the most generous of benefits
In March 2019, the average weekly benefit to an unemployed person was $ 348 on a combination of federal and state unemployment benefits. That nearly tripled to $ 938 in March 2020. Now they’re still $ 638 a week – $ 300 more than before. It means that someone who worked 40 hours a week before the pandemic is now getting nearly $ 16 an hour for doing nothing at home, which is more than double the federal minimum wage of $ 7.25.
In April, only 266,000 people joined the workforce – a quarter of the 1 million expected to join. The loss has stunned experts and prompted many to wonder why. Most have concluded that there is not enough incentive to go back
“In many cases, these payments are higher than the employee’s previous paychecks,” McMaster had said in a statement announcing the programs would end.
What was meant to be short-term financial aid for the vulnerable and displaced people during the height of the pandemic has turned into a dangerous federal right, incentivising and paying workers to stay at home rather than encouraging them to return to the workplace, ‘he added.
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has also said his state would also exit the federal unemployment program. Arkansas and Mississippi have announced similar plans.
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has already told people that if they want to be unemployed, they must prove that they are looking for work again.
President Joe Biden said that anyone who is unemployed and who is offered a “suitable job” should take it
Republican McMaster announced on Thursday that his state will withdraw from coronavirus pandemic utilities starting June 30
In March 2019, the average weekly benefit to an unemployed person was $ 348 on a combination of federal and state unemployment benefits.
That nearly tripled to $ 938 in March 2020, when Donald Trump signed the CARES ACT – a temporary economic plan that increased weekly unemployment benefits by $ 600 and also gave employees one-time incentive checks.
The CARES ACT expired in July and the unemployment boost was cut in half to $ 300 a week. Now they are averaging $ 638 a week and they will stay that way until at least September 6.
It means that someone who worked 40 hours a week before the pandemic is now getting nearly $ 16 an hour for doing nothing at home, which is more than double the federal minimum wage of $ 7.25.
It has created a scenario where restaurant workers, cleaners, shop workers and other people struggling for the minimum wage simply choose to stay at home because they earn more and are not at risk of contracting the virus.
The only way companies can make up for this is by raising their prices – and the Republicans are in an uproar over the rapid inflation it is causing.
The Department of Labor reported Friday that the U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs in April, well below the 1 million jobs most forecasters expected
Unemployment skyrocketed to 14% in April 2020, when the country closed with the rest of the world. It has since fallen to 6 percent, but it’s about double the 3 percent in 2019
This is how unemployment is mapped across America. The darkest shaded states – many of which are democratic states – are the highest. Some of those states, such as New York, have one of the highest benefit combinations in the country. Massachusetts has the highest with a maximum of $ 855 per week. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts is 7.1 percent – higher than the national average
States that voted for Biden lost jobs faster during COVID than states that voted Republican