One of the major issues with Macroeconomics is unemployment, and it is a very sensitive issue in the States.
As you can see above, this unemployment rate table by Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the steady decline of unemployment rate.
Although the rate is declining, there are still many Americans without jobs. One of the issues that came up when the Congress reconvened on January 6 was unemployment and whether they will restore the emergency federal unemployment program (benefits) which expired on December 28. They have not come up with any agreements yet since this issue is also a political issue that both Republicans and Democrats do not want to discuss and negotiate. It will also take a while to come up with final decisions due to other important issues such as short-term stopgap spending bill and the fund for the federal government.
This benefits program has both pros and cons; it can certainly help people in many ways but it can discourage people to look and apply for jobs. Some even argue that if there is no aid from the government, then people might be motivated to find jobs or at least part time jobs for living.
Since this is also a political issue, It is really hard to determine which side is more important. However, Congress must come up with a decision. About 1.3~1.4 million people who lost the aid last month are still waiting.