Extra $300 for Unemployment Gives Low-Income People Job Choices Others have Always had

A privilege that costs just $300. They are no longer a captive workforce.

Last year, research found that people want to work, but only if they don’t have to jeopardize their health or the health of their families, and if they have good quality child care. The only thing that has changed since then is that the unemployment supplement has gone down, from $600 a week to $300, according to USA Today.

Thanks to the extra unemployment payments, some lower-income families, disproportionately Black and Latinx, have been able to do what many others take for granted – make choices, USA Today reports.

They have been able to choose to take care of their health and the health of their loved ones; choose to keep their children safe by staying home with them; choose to increase their skills; choose to not go back to workplaces that are unsafe, physically or psychologically, the story says.

Read the full article in USA Today.

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