The Feb. 12 letter Looking for jobs, relies on a series of unsupported and mean-spirited assertions to link the end of extended unemployment benefits to a drop in the unemployment rate. Unemployment compensation is not a disincentive to work, but being unemployed does predict staying unemployed. This is because structural factors such as credit scores and stereotyping by human-resource departments make it less likely that people will find work. Terminating benefits then leads to a variety of negative outcomes such as foreclosure, less money in circulation and a decrease in GDP.
Drops in the unemployment rate such as the one in North Carolina tend to happen when fewer people apply for benefits that are no longer available to them and then are no longer included in calculations. Those who think the unemployed have it so good should try living on unemployment checks.
Steven M. Urdegar, Plantation