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Florida: How Federally Funded Unemployment Bonuses Have Decreased Florida’s Workforce

Naples, FloridaRecent data from the Foundation for Government Accountability demonstrates how expanded federal benefits have increased individuals’ annual income above the annual salary of the jobs they lost due to the pandemic. FGA found low-income Floridians can receive more than $3,652 per month in cash or cash benefits equating to a $21 per hour full-time job salary.

“The federal government has overreacted, and now exorbitant unemployment bonuses and welfare benefits have made it impossible to compete,” said Tarren Bragdon, CEO of FGA. “With 8 million open jobs, businesses are desperate for workers to fill positions that will keep their doors open. More business will fail if the federal government continues to pay people so much not to work.”


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