Some states are offering a $2,000 return-to-work bonus, is yours one of them?

Last updated: June 22, 2024
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Some states are offering a $2,000 return-to-work bonus, is yours one of them?
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Are you on the hunt for a job? Here’s something to motivate your search: Your state might pay you to go back to work.

As more states are slashing the $300-per-week enhanced unemployment benefits, states are moving forward with legislation that would authorize one-time "signing bonuses" for unemployed residents who find work — and at least six that have already authorized such payments.

Governors in six states have authorized offering cash incentives to encourage residents to re-enter the workforce amid a growing labor shortage spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic

Here are the states that are paying to get back to work

Montana offers $1,200 for taking a job

In May 2021, Montana became the first state to authorize a "return-to-work" bonus as a way to replace the $300-per-week enhanced unemployment benefits that some claim disincentives employment, offering $1,200 to then-unemployed individuals who complete four full weeks of paid work.

New Hampshire gives $1,000 and Oklahoma pays $1,200 for working

Next up, New Hampshire and Oklahoma followed suit, and are offering one-time bonuses of $1,000 and $1,200, respectively.

Arizona pays $2,000 for full-time and $1,000 for part-time work

And, with the biggest bonus so far, Arizona is now offering the newly full-time employed a $2,000 payment after 320 hours of work, and $1,000 to anyone with a new part-time job after 160 hours of work.

Connecticut pays $1,000 and Colorado offers $1,200 to returning workers

Connecticut is paying out a one-time $1,000 bonus to the first 10,000 people who have been unemployed long-term who go back to work (after eight weeks of employment) before the end of the year, and Colorado has authorized $1,200 for those returning this in June — contingent on eight weeks of employment.

Each state has slightly different requirements for receiving the money, so be sure check with your state for guidelines.

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More states are considering the payout

If your state wasn’t listed, that may change in your favor. At least two other states -- New York and North Carolina -- are considering return-to-work bonuses, and with labor shortages, that number may grow.


Does a return-to-work payout make you want to get back to work? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Shane Lester
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Is there anything for the Reno Sparks NV location??

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Michelle Horsley
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I'd like to ENTER this contest,ok I'm in

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Michelle Horsley
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Where would that be

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Janice Ray
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Yes

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