HARTFORD, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has introduced a program in which Connecticut residents who return to work, and remain employed for eight weeks, will receive a payment of $1,000.
Connecticut is hoping to use the program to encourage unemployed residents to return to work.
As with all states, Connecticut faces a serious problem of businesses being unable to hire the people required to operate their businesses.
However, there is only enough money for the first 10,000 qualified people. Funding for the bonuses will come from the CARES Act, which was approved by Congress last year.
The bonus program was announced in mid-May, and nearly 500 people have applied for the payment.
"We thought this would be an easy way to transition off of unemployment and move back into the working world," said Mark Boughton, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, as quoted by the Wall Street Journal.
Tennessee, South Carolina and Mississippi no longer participate in federal Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payments. Officials have complained that many residents are making more money accepting unemployment payments than they made while working.
Connecticut businesses need to fill 115,700 positions to return to pre-pandemic levels.
Connecticut had been struggling since before the Covid pandemic. During a 2007-2009 recession, Connecticut lost 292,400 jobs, which the state has sought to recover.
In the week ending May 22, there were nearly 8,000 new job openings in Connecticut, an increase of 17 percent, according to the Connecticut Labor Department.
The largest number of new job openings were found in retail and hotels.
The state of Arizona also left the federal supplemental unemployment program. However, officials are offering residents hiring-bonuses of $2,000 for finding full-time work. Other states offering bonuses include New Hampshire, Colorado and Oklahoma.