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Frustrated employers can't get their employees to return to work because they earn more from unemployment benefits.

A Baltimore restaurant owner can't get her workers to return to work because they can collect up to $1030 a week on unemployment until the end of July.

Melony Wagner said Tuesday that she can't get her employee to return to work at Charles Village Pub, because they prefer to collect unemployment benefits which pays more.

Other states are experiencing employee retention problems because the state and feds pay more than they earn at work.

In Georgia, home improvement stores Home Depot and Lowes posted large "Help wanted" signs outside their Duluth locations after their employees quit to apply for unemployment.

According to a report by FOX 5 News, Maryland residents can claim a maximum of $430 a week from the state plus an additional $600 a week from the federal government under the CARES Act enacted in March 2020.

"It's a very difficult position to be put in right now, honestly," Wagner told FOX 5 News. "Although I know everybody loves the extra $600 a week, it's really had the opposite effect of what I think they were hoping it was going to have."

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