Unemployment Benefits Boost to Continue Through Sept. 6

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

Bronx residents out of work during the pandemic will continue to receive an extra $300 in weekly unemployment benefits as part of the new COVID relief package passed by the U.S. Senate Saturday.

The latest version of the bill — which still requires passage by the House of Representatives — extends the $300 per week federal unemployment enhancement through Sept. 6.

The amount is smaller than the $400 per week included in the original legislation, but provides the benefit for one extra week beyond the original end date of Aug. 29.

The bill also provides $10,200 in tax relief on federal unemployment income for households making under $150,000 annually.

The unemployment rate in the Bronx has reached Depression era levels during the pandemic, as the borough continues to suffer higher jobless rates than any part of New York City.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.