Poll: 1.8 Million Americans Have Turned Down Jobs Due To Unemployment Benefits

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About 1.8 million out-of-work Americans have turned down jobs because of the generosity of unemployment insurance benefits, according to Morning Consult poll results released Wednesday.

U.S. businesses have been wrestling with labor supply shortages as folks capable of working have opted not to work for a variety of reasons.

  • One of the more politically controversial reasons has been the availability of unemployment insurance benefits, in particular emergency provisions that were introduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Indeed, 26 states opted to cut emergency benefits early with the intention of incentivizing people to take open jobs.
  • Morning Consult surveyed 5,000 U.S. adults from June 22-25, 2021.
  • Of those actively collecting unemployment benefits, 29% said they turned down job offers during the pandemic. In response to a follow-up question, 45% of that group said they turned down jobs specifically because of the generosity of the benefits.
  • Extrapolating from the 14.1 million adults collecting benefits as of June 19, Morning Consult concluded that 1.8 million people turned down job offers because of the benefits.

Read more at Axios.



  1. Yup. And loving every moment. Especially now in the summer.
    If my boss won’t give me a raise, who cares. I’ll stay on unemployment and save myself the aggravation of having to deal with a jerk everyday.


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