Espaillat’s claim has some truth to it, though average benefits likely lower
Rep. Adriano Espaillat, a Democrat who represents parts of the Bronx and upper Manhattan, weighed in on why businesses are struggling to fill job openings. He blamed low wages.
He tweeted: "So, let me get this straight: 40% of jobs in this country pay less than the average unemployment check of $750/week. There’s no labor shortage, there’s a living-wage shortage."
Is Espaillat right?
His deputy chief of staff, Candace Person, sent us two sources to support claim.
The first, a news story from CNBC from June 2020, said around 40 percent of all...