$600 weekly bonus ends for unemployed Malheur County residents as program expires

Over the past four months, the federal government issued an extra $600 weekly payment for those receiving state unemployment insurance benefits.

For 932 people unemployed in Malheur County as of June, that program expired about a week ago. If all those applied, that means about $560,000 a week is disappearing from local households – and the local economy.

The county’s unemployment rate in June was 7.4 . . .

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