Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett has a message for the unemployed: "get off your duff and go to work."

Corbett, speaking at a campaign appearance in Elizabethtown, told reporters that "the jobs are there," but that many people are purposely remaining unemployed to to collect benefits, according to a report from Pennsylvania Public Radio's Scott Detrow. (Assist from John Micek at Capitol Ideas blog)

Corbett - the two-term attorney general - said business owners across the state are telling him as much.

"One of the issues, and I hear it repeatedly – one of the individuals said, 'I can't get workers. People don't want to come back to work while they still have unemployment.' They're literally telling him, 'I'll come back to work when unemployment runs out.' That's becoming a problem."

Corbett added, "The jobs are there. But if we keep extending unemployment, people are just going to sit there ... I've literally had construction companies tell me, I can't get people to come back to work until…they say, 'I'll come back to work when unemployment runs out.'"

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