By Kevin Deutsch
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.