\"We're going to make it clear that anyone collecting unemployment who is offered a suitable job must take the job or lose their unemployment benefits,” the president said, adding that there were a “few COVID-19-related exceptions so people aren’t forced to choose between safety and a paycheck.”“But otherwise, that’s the law,” Biden added. More than 16 million people filed for unemployment in the week ending April 17, according to the most recent available Department of Labor unemployment data. Mississippi became the latest state to slash unemployment benefits Monday: Gov. \"The line has been that because of the generous unemployment benefits, that's a major factor in labor shortages. Americans want to work,” Biden said.