Massachusetts Workers’ Expiring Unemployment Benefits Won’t Solve Labor Shortage, Experts Say

More than 300,000 Massachusetts workers who lost jobs during the pandemic are about to cash their last unemployment checks this week, but experts are not expecting the end of pandemic-related jobless benefits to solve the state’s labor shortage.

Advocates are scrambling to connect hundreds of thousands of people losing unemployment checks with other aid such as food benefits, cash assistance and subsidies for rent and mortgages. Many organizations are also directing people to job retraining, but that won’t be a quick fix, said Sharon Scott-Chandler, chief operating officer at Action for Boston Community Development.