Unemployment Taxes Have "Chilling Effect" on Hiring; Michigan Spent $6.2 Billion on Jobless Benefits Last Year

July 14, 2011

Scores of media outlets across the country have published reports over the past week on the state of our nation's economy and the looming expiration of extended unemployment benefits.

A reporter for The New York Times interviewed Wendy Block, Director of Health Policy & Human Resources for the Michigan Chamber, who provided this quote:

"At one point, our unemployment taxes were just a blip on the balance sheet, but when you’re talking over $500 a head, this is significant...It's having a chilling effect on hiring."

This interview was picked up by nearly 29 media outlets around the country. Click here to read The New York Times report, published July 10.