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Pandemic unemployment bonus of $600 per week comes to an end as businesses struggle to find workers

The unemployment bonus is coming to an end. That means those who had previously been receiving an extra $600 per week as part of unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic, will soon see it disappear.

However, Six50 operations manager Chris Damick says staffing has been a challenge. Six50 has locations in Victor, Sodus, and Chili.


“I couldn’t serve the whole menu because I couldn’t get enough staff in the door to function,” Damick said. “They’re getting more money from the government – more than they would make working here.”

The extra payments end on July 31st. The average unemployment check is not enough to keep a family above the poverty line, which is why some lawmakers hope it gets extended.

Several proposals are being floated, but one idea involves ensuring that unemployment benefits do not exceed what the individual made while working.