Never let the facts get in the way of a good myth – in this case, that unemployment benefits encourage people not to work.
The facts show otherwise – a Chicago Federal Reserve study found that people on unemployment benefits on average spend more than 14 hours a week job searching and send more than 12 applications a month.
“Those currently collecting benefits search more than twice as intensely as those who have exhausted their benefits,” the Fed study found.
Another reason not to cut benefits – there are eight million fewer jobs available today than before the pandemic.
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