Biden Says It ‘Makes Sense’ for $300 Unemployment Boost to End in September

President Joe Biden said Friday that the supplemental federal pandemic unemployment assistance should terminate in line with its scheduled expiry date in September. Biden made the remarks while commenting on the Labor Department’s closely watched employment report, which showed U.S. private employers added a modest 559,000 jobs in May—an improvement from April’s sluggish gain but still evidence that many companies are struggling to find enough workers. Business groups and Republican leaders have blamed business hiring woes on generous unemployment benefits, which they argue have created a disincentive for people to take jobs. “Biden and Democrats are holding back Americans from reentering the workforce and, therefore, holding back our economy,” said Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. Dozens of Republican-led states have announced an early end to the $300 weekly federal pandemic unemployment boost before funding for the program is set to expire in September, with many of the states also …

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