A recent analysis suggests that Florida’s labor market drastically improved after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) opted the state out of enhanced federal unemployment payments.
President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan — passed in March of this year — extended enhanced unemployment checks through the beginning of September. Arguing that they encouraged millions of workers to stay home rather than seeking a job, governors opted out of the federal program months before its automatic expiration.
“Normally when you’re getting unemployment, the whole idea is that it’s temporary, and you need to be looking for work to be able to get off unemployment,” DeSantis said in May. “I think it’s pretty clear now — we have an abundance of job openings.”