Some business owners say federal unemployment benefit is complicating hiring

Some Hudson Valley business owners say they are against extending federal unemployment benefits.

News 12 Staff

Jul 1, 2020, 9:42 PM

Updated 1,427 days ago

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Some Hudson Valley business owners say they are against extending federal unemployment benefits.
On Wednesday, Senate Democrats announced their wish to extend federal unemployment benefits that expire at the end of July. The federal benefit adds an extra $600 a week to those on unemployment.
The move would extend the weekly benefit until a state's unemployment level drops below 11% for three consecutive months. New York's unemployment level in May was 14.5%.
Republicans are against the extension, thinking it's encouraging people to stay unemployed. 
Greg Tietje, a Poughkeepsie business owner, agrees.
"The ones that have been laid off or unemployed for so long they've been getting paid more money than when they're on the job, so they don't want to come back until their unemployment runs out," says the owner and operator of Just Quality Construction. 
Tietje opened Just Quality Construction in 1998, and says this is the first year all his job postings are going completely unanswered.
"I usually get 20, 30, 40 and weed them out from there," he says. 
A martial arts business, restaurants and even hiring services like Manpower tell News 12 they are also having trouble rehiring. 
"They don't want to go back to work because they don't feel safe or they have this unemployment stimulus package that has them say I'll wait it out," says Greg Scotti, the Hudson Valley manager of Manpower. 
The Hudson Valley unemployment rate sits at 11.2% - the highest level since 1990.
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