Raleigh bars and restaurants react after Governor Cooper clears $ 300 federal payment to unemployed North Carolina
RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Federal unemployment will continue for North Carolinians after Governor Roy Cooper (D) vetoed a bill that would end weekly benefits of $ 300.
Anthony DeMarco is the co-owner of DeMo’s Pizzeria and Deli in Raleigh. He said there had been job vacancies for months, especially for delivery drivers.
“I’ve never seen it where you post ads and you literally get no response, but that’s what we have and it’s unfortunate, but we’re doing our best to make it work at this point.” , DeMarco said. .
He said he stepped in to make deliveries and that some employees were working overtime to keep things going. He said he wanted Cooper not to veto the end of federal unemployment benefits.
âFrankly, people make a good chunk of their living, obviously, just by being home without having to work,â DeMarco said.
Cooper said unemployment was down. He also said the toughened job search requirements and benefits are already due to expire in a few weeks.
At a new Glenwood South bar, The Ark Royal, managing partner William Warcup said he was still open to more staff, but was okay with his current staff levels.
âI’m very lucky and found a good number of people,â Warcup said.
CBS 17 asked him what he thought of the veto.
âI’m pretty indifferent to the decision, and so far I’ve always had casual applicants,â Warcup said. “It didn’t hurt me.”
Some Republican lawmakers who voted for the bill said it would contribute to the labor shortage.
North Carolina State University economics professor Michael Walden cites three reasons people don’t return to work: federal unemployment benefits, lack of child care, and acquisition new skills during the pandemic that allow them to get better paying jobs.