Three main reasons are offered as to why employers cannot find workers:
1. Unemployment qualifications process
2. Extra $300/week federal unemployment benefits
3. Extra $600 day-care federal benefits
Unemployment qualification process
Example – Washington State
To receive basic unemployment insurance you must have worked the necessary qualifying period and while unemployed, look for work by applying for at least 3 jobs per week.
This is the catch. You apply but do not need to accept any offers. There needs to be a feedback loop from the employers to the Unemployment office where offers were made to applicants. Those not showing up or accepting offers would be disqualified from further benefits.
Extra $300/week federal unemployment benefits
This was universal across the states and does not take into consideration local impacts. The extension beyond normal parameters discourages return to employment. States that are ceasing the extra federal payments
Extra $600 day-care federal benefits - Stimulus 2021: Child Care Assistance | (edukidsinc.com)
This makes no sense. If you are on unemployment and staying home, you don’t need day-care. If you are working from home, you don’t need day-care. The number of children you have is a joint decision make by the parents. It is not the government’s job to pay for this. It is the responsibility of the parents to seek gainful employment to support the size family of their choosing.