The latest unemployment numbers reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Democrat-controlled states and the District of Columbia have the top ten highest rates locked down. The report covers June and shows that the state has the highest New Mexico rate at 7.9 percent.
Connecticut, Nevada, New York, Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Illinois, D.C., and Pennsylvania are the following nine. All of these high unemployment states are continuing their participation in the federal government’s enhanced unemployment benefits program, paying beneficiaries $300 per week in addition to the state benefits they are receiving.
The nation’s lowest unemployment rate is found in Nebraska at 2.5 percent. The rest of the ten states with the lowest rates are Utah, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Idaho, Vermont, Alabama, Kansas, Montana, and Oklahoma.
All of these lowest unemployment states other than Kansas have Republican governors. All except for Kansas and Vermont have ended their participation in the federal added benefits program.
Most corporate media pundits have been saying for months that the federal unemployment benefits have little or no effect on the decisions of people who have been out of work during the COVID pandemic to seek to return to work. The outcomes of the early termination of those benefits in various places have supplied necessary evidence supporting the other viewpoint.
The latest jobs report on August 10 shows more than 10 million jobs available and unfilled in the country currently. The industries with the most significant job openings include professional and business services, retail sales, hospitality, and food services.
A survey conducted by Morning Consult in July found that 1.8 million unemployed Americans said they had turned down job offers because they did not want to stop receiving unemployment benefits.
The COVID pandemic had resulted in significant permanent job loss, as many businesses closed when they could not continue operations under the lockdowns around the country. The Morning Consult survey also reported that the national economy would remain approximately 4.7 million jobs short of pre-pandemic levels even after the workers currently drawing unemployment benefits return to work.