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District of Columbia | May 14, 2021

Thirteen States Are Rejecting Federal Unemployment Bonuses

District of Columbia | May 14, 2021

Thirteen states have so far rejected the federal government’s offer for an additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits, saying the extra cash is keeping people from going back to work and filling open – and much-needed – jobs.

Georgia is the latest state to join that growing list this week, with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp making the announcement Thursday after claiming the benefits are “hurting our productivity.”

“We’re not going to be participating in the federal subsidy any longer. That’s going to be a date in mid-to-late June. We’re working with the labor commissioner, and we’ll have more information on that soon,” Kemp told Fox News Thursday. “Every small business owner, and the workers that are currently working, they need more people. It’s hurting our productivity.

According to Forbes, the average amount of state-provided unemployment per person amounts to about $387 per week, and lasts about 24 weeks. With the additional $300, that means the average non-working person collecting unemployment is pulling in more than $2,600 per month in benefits. The government-subsidized ability for a person to continue not working even as the economy has largely opened back up for business has faced criticism after the latest April jobs report fell woefully short of the 1 million projected jobs, instead totaling only about 266,000…

(Excerpts from MRCTV)

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Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia | May 13, 2021

Over 15,000 Gas Stations Out of Fuel Nationwide

Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia | May 13, 2021

Gas shortages eased slightly overnight in some states but worsened in others as Colonial Pipeline works to bring one of the nation’s major fuel conduits back online.

More stations were out of gas in Florida, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi early Thursday compared to Wednesday night, according to GasBuddy.

In Florida, 30 percent of 7,564 stations were out of fuel as of 6 a.m. Central Time. In Maryland, 34 percent of the state’s 1,869 stations could no longer serve customers. Over half of South Carolina’s 3,084 stations ran out of gas, along with 34 percent of Tennessee’s stations. Seven percent of Mississippi’s stations are out of gas, compared to six percent the night prior.

At the same time, shortages eased in several of the states most impacted by the current situations, including by 3 percent in North Carolina. About seven in 10 stations in the worst-hit state, which has 5,373 stations, remain out of gas, according to GasBuddy, an app that tracks prices and availability.

Shortages also eased in Virginia, where 55 percent of stations are out of fuel, and Georgia, where approximately 50 percent were, and remained the same in a number of states, including West Virginia, Alabama, and Delaware…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | May 13, 2021

New Federal Data Signals More Trouble for U.S. Economy

District of Columbia | May 13, 2021

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that prices for consumer goods have risen significantly in the past year, putting extra strain on Americans’ budgets and worrying experts.

As the Biden administration fends off criticism over proposed tax increases, higher spending and rising inflation, BLS released data Wednesday showing the biggest increase in consumer prices in over a decade. Those price increases point to a spike in inflation, experts say.

“Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 4.2 percent before seasonal adjustment,” BLS said in a statement. “This is the largest 12-month increase since a 4.9-percent increase for the period ending September 2008.”

Part of the reason for that increase was from a spike in the cost of used vehicles…

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia | May 12, 2021

Four Governors Declare States Of Emergency Due To Gasoline Shortage

Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia | May 12, 2021

Four governors declared states of emergency in response to gas shortages brought on by the Colonial Pipeline hack.

Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Monday due to his state’s gas shortage. Republicans Govs. Brian Kemp of Georgia and Ron DeSantis of Florida, and Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared states of emergency on Tuesday.

Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced that he would not declare a new state of emergency because the state was already in one due to the COVID-19 pandemic…

(Excerpts from the Daily Caller)

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District of Columbia | May 12, 2021

Inflation Nation: Consumer Prices Jump 4.2 Percent

District of Columbia | May 12, 2021

Consumer prices jumped higher than expected in April, data from the Department of Labor showed Wednesday.

The Consumer Price Index climbed 4.2 percent annually in April. Compared with March, prices rose 0.8 percent.

The annual inflation figure is the largest increase since 2008. Economists had forecast a year-over-year gain of 3.6 percent and 0.2 percent for the month.

Excluding food and energy, categories that can be volatile month-to-month, “core” CPI rose 0.9 percent compared with a month ago, three times faster than the estimate. On an annual basis, core prices are up 3.0 percent, above the 2.3 percent estimated.

The inflation numbers came in so hot for April that they exceeded the top of the range of estimates of analysts surveyed by Econoday…

(Excerpts from Breitbart)

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Alabama | May 12, 2021

Alabama Becomes Latest State to End $300 Unemployment Bonus

Alabama | May 12, 2021

Alabama will soon cease participating in the federal government’s unemployment insurance program that grants out-of-work Americans an extra $300 per week, the state’s governor said.

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey announced that the state would withdraw from the coronavirus relief program by June 19, 2021, arguing that the $300 in additional weekly payments was incentivizing people not to look for jobs. She suggested that the labor shortages reported in states across the country have been caused by the unemployment boost.

“As Alabama’s economy continues its recovery, we are hearing from more and more business owners and employers that it is increasingly difficult to find workers to fill available jobs, even though job openings are abundant,” Ivey said in a statement.

“Among other factors, increased unemployment assistance, which was meant to be a short-term relief program during emergency related shutdowns, is now contributing to a labor shortage that is compromising the continuation of our economic recovery,” she said…

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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