April Employment Falls Short of Expectations

Job search requirements suspended for collectors of unemployment during pandemic.

In the report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, it said the economy added fewer jobs than expected in April and the unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.1 percent.

 After the president had gotten the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package through Congress, economists were hoping for more jobs for unemployed Americans. However, April’s unemployment report shows America’s workers not returning to work. President Biden maintained optimism in his previous stimulus bill and upcoming relief efforts.

“We knew this wouldn’t be a sprint—it’d be a marathon,” he said. The pandemic relief package “was designed to help us over the course of a year, not 60 days. A year.” He also stated more needs to be done to help the economy.

The jobs numbers indicate that the pandemic recovery is not proceeding as fast as previous indicators had projected. Forecasters had anticipated that the economy would add nearly 1 million nonfarm payroll jobs and that the unemployment rate would drop from March’s 6% down to 5.8%.

In the meantime, many businesses cannot hire enough workers, despite ads offering $15 per hour plus benefits. Some employers have reported that they are not receiving applications for available jobs. During the pandemic, the job search requirements have been suspended for recipients of unemployment payments.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for U.S. officials as state and federal unemployment benefits have combined to offer more than the income of a job.
  • For families who have struggled with childcare options and school closures.
  • For God’s will to be accomplished in the U.S. economy.

Sources: WSJ, Washington Examiner, Philadelphia Inquirer, AP


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