Some Minnesota employers happy to see extra jobless benefits end
Teresa Karnes, Wade Karnes and Zak Karnes are owners and manufacturers at Zakobe Metal Stampings and Cast & Color in Bovey, Minn.

Wade Karnes is frustrated. 

He runs two small businesses in northern Minnesota and can't fill open jobs, even though unemployment is at near record highs.

“We’re trying to hire right now,” Karnes said. “We just can’t find anybody.”

Karnes makes fishing tackle and stamps metal for a variety of products.

Before the pandemic, he had 10 employees. Six people work for him now, and he can’t keep up. 

“We’re not making money. We’re not making product, and we’re getting further behind as we go,” he said. “So, it’s on myself and my wife and my son to put in extra time even just to try and get product out.”

Karnes is convinced the extra $600 per week that the federal government added to unemployment benefits — not the COVID-19 pandemic — is to blame for the shortage of job applicants.