MS Senator Roger Wicker is blaming Democrats for the rising unemployment rate.
“Today’s employment numbers are a direct product of Democrat policies. Unnecessary lock downs, school closures, and excessive unemployment benefits are unnecessarily depressing the economic recovery,” Wicker said on Twitter.
The expected hiring boom in April hasn’t happened. Employers added only 266-thousand new jobs, and there’s a growing shortage of available workers. The unemployment rate rose to 6.1%, well below the April 2020 peak of 14.7%. But it’s still about twice the pre-crisis level.
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith expressed her disappointment:
This month’s disappointing #JobsReport makes it clear that paying people to stay at home only harms our country. Moving forward, there needs to be a focus on removing disincentives to work. Let’s get our nation back up and running. https://t.co/MpiOD7xLjf
— U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (@SenHydeSmith) May 7, 2021
Congressman Michael Guest echoed those sentiments:
One problem I continue to hear across our state is that businesses can’t get people to come back to work. The fed government has incentivized people to stay home with continuing to supplement unemployment checks. Pres. Biden’s economic plan is failing. https://t.co/uPfBz25PCP
— Congressman Michael Guest (@RepMichaelGuest) May 7, 2021