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The Guardian

‘No one wants to work anymore’: the truth behind this unemployment benefits myth

In restaurants across the country, the same sign is popping up: “We are short staffed. Please be patient with the staff that did show up. No one wants to work any more.” The implication is that the federal government’s expanded unemployment benefits of $300 each week are keeping people at home. Unfortunately for them, what’s happening is a feature, not a bug, of the US economic system and the blame can’t entirely be placed on a $300 weekly check.

University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice economist Ioana Marinescu said: “In the absence of the benefits there would probably be a little bit more applications and hiring would be a little bit easier, but the main drive of the recent change in sentiment is that hiring is accelerating.”

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