People choosing to stay on unemployment instead of returning to work “is a real issue,” Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said Thursday.
Raimondo stressed that she is grateful to Congress for expanding unemployment benefits and called it “the right thing to do,” but also said the program has had unintended consequences.
“It does frustrate me that this was an initiative intended to help people get back on their feet,” Raimondo said. “It was not an initiative for folks to make more staying home and then that hurts their business. In the long run, you’re going to want your job to be there. So if your employer is reopening, I’d encourage you to work with your employer to get your job back.”
Rhode Island begins its phase one reopening this weekend.