Notwithstanding the record number of job openings across the country, the lure of an additional $300 in unemployment benefits continues to outweigh the value of an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work for too many small businesses. In its monthly jobs report, the National Federation of Small Business (NFIB) reported that in the month of April, 44% of small business owners report having job openings during the month which they could not fill. Even more discouraging, 59% of owners reported either hiring or trying to hire in April, while 92% of those business owners hiring or trying to hire reported few or no “qualified” applicants for the open positions. The negative impact of the $300 weekly unemployment bonus on the labor market is being recognized and acknowledged by more governors each month however, as 21 states have now voluntarily opted out of the enhanced unemployment benefit provided by Uncle Sam. The pandemic-era giveaway is scheduled to expire on September 6, but that could carry the current labor shortage all the way through the summer months. The 21 states – all of which have Republican Governors – include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming, while Arizona and Tennessee will opt out effective next month.