LIVE at 1 P.m.: Do Expanded Unemployment Benefits Really Promote Unemployment? Rob Port Talks With NDSU Professor


North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum announced he was terminating the state’s participation in a federal program that expanded unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Burgum, along with other state leaders across the country, argues that these benefits were providing an incentive to remain unemployed even as the post-pandemic economic recovery made jobs available.

Others argue that the termination of these benefits are bad for workers. Patrick Hart, the chairman of the Democratic-NPL, compared Burgum’s actions to “kicking people when they are down and treating them viciously.”

What is the relationship between these benefits and employment?

Jeremy Jackson, a professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University, joins this episode of Plain Talk Live to discuss.

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