The latest version of the bill — which still needs to be approved in the House of Representatives — extends the $300 per week federal unemployment enhancement through Sept. 6.
Several teachers told Bronx Justice News they received letters that legally require them to pay back COVID-19 unemployment benefit funds, which were distributed as part of an expanded benefits program last summer.
Bronx residents will begin receiving enhanced unemployment benefits starting next week—a much needed lifeline in the borough hardest hit by COVID-19.
Despite being down from 24.7 percent in June, the borough’s current unemployment numbers remain comparable to those calculated during the Great Depression—a result of to job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The rate stands at a startling 24.7 percent in the Bronx, higher than the citywide unemployment rate of 20.4 percent, according to newly released statistics from the state Department of Labor.