People are not going back to work now for less than a living wage and it has nothing to do with the stimulus. It has everything to do with the complete lack of incentive folks realized they ever had working more than full-time and still not being able to make ends meet. The whole time while they were not working, during the pandemic, they found a way. And now they are going to stick with that, the same way they stuck with their bad jobs and bad pay for so many years. It would be tragic and a colossal mistake for the Democrats to mistake that shift for anything the right is spouting nonsense about over, unemployment or jobs.
What we really need, after raising the federal minimum wage across the board, is another much larger stimulus payment, ASAP. Too many of the folks I know have just barely gotten their heads above water with all kinds of back payments and are just now able to use any of that money to shore away or buy consumer goods. And the economy will be in very bad shape indeed if the consumer market continues to stall and prices really go up in addition to so many people being out of work.
Eventually the Republicans will see that it’s time to raise the minimum wage, hopefully soon. In the meantime the stimulus payments are possibly the only thing keep the consumer market going.