Biden says those collecting unemployment must take job offers ‘or lose their unemployment benefits’

Following the release of the April jobs report on Friday, President Biden addressed the public Monday to clarify his unemployment policy. “We’re going to make it clear that anyone collecting unemployment who is offered a suitable job must take the job or lose their unemployment benefits,” Biden said. “That’s the law . . . We’ll insist that the law is followed with respect to benefits.”

“There’s been a lot of discussion . . . that people are getting paid to stay home rather than go to work,” Biden said, referring to the reaction to the lack luster jobs report. “We’re not seeing evidence of that.”

Just before Biden’s statement, Press Secretary Jen Psaki alluded to that same point earlier Monday.

“The majority of economists, internally and externally of the White House, don’t feel that unemployment insurance – something that was done at a time where, to help unemployed people get through a very difficult economic downturn, during a pandemic – is a major driver in our unemployment data, that there are other factors, bigger factors that were contributing,’ Psaki said.

She said one factor could be the low number of vaccinations at the time the data was recorded.

About 22 million people lost their job during this pandemic “to no fault of their own” Biden said. Yet still, there are 8 million fewer jobs today than when the pandemic started.

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