Bitter taste for coffee shop owner, as new $600 jobless benefit drove her to close

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Some businesses that want to stay open say it’s hard to do so when employees can make more money by staying home.

 $600 per week.

That’s what the federal government is now offering to people who’ve lost their jobs because of the coronavirus.

For many workers and employers, that money is a godsend — a way to keep food on the table while also cutting payroll costs.

But the extra money can create some awkward situations. Some businesses that want to keep their doors open say it’s hard to do so when employees can make more money by staying home.

“We basically have this situation where it would be a logical choice for a lot of people to be unemployed,” said Sky Marietta, who opened a coffee shop along with her husband, Geoff, last year in Harlan, Ky.

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