restaurant industry means McDonald’s, burger King, and those places who don’t want to pay $15 an hour
Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday directed the Division of Workforce Services to end Arkansas’ participation in the federal supplemental unemployment assistance after June.
“The programs were implemented to assist the unemployed during the pandemic when businesses were laying off employees and jobs were scarce,” Hutchinson said in a news release. “As we emerge from COVID-19, retail and service companies, restaurants, and industry are attempting to return to prepandemic unemployment levels, but employees are as scarce today as jobs were a year ago.
“The $300 federal supplement helped thousands of Arkansans make it through this tough time, so it served a good purpose. Now we need Arkansans back on the job so that we can get our economy back to full speed.”