With an improving economy, higher than expected tax revenue and massive inflows ($350 billion) from the Biden ARPA stimulus bill, many states are forging ahead with implementing additional COVID relief and economic assistance programs for lower-to-middle income and unemployed workers.
The state funded assistance ranges from direct stimulus payments – in addition to the three federal stimulus checks paid over the last 15 months – and additional jobless worker benefits to encourage people to go back ahead of the expiry of extended unemployment benefits, which some states are ending early.
The table below provides a state-by-state update of current and potential stimulus payments in 2021 and into 2022, including further payment information. Feel free to leave a comment in the forum following this article if you have any updates. I’ll keep updating the table as states announce more stimulus programs for their residents. You can stay connected via the options below.
State Return to Work Stimulus Programs (2021 to 2022)
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|Additional Return to Work Stimulus Payments|
|Arizona||$2,000 payment (after 320 hours of work) and $1,000 to those who obtain part-time employment and work at least 160 hours|
|California||Golden State Stimulus payment of $600 or $1200. Expanding to provide another $600 payment to middle-class families that make up to $75,000, will provide $600 direct payments for adults and $500 for dependents. (see more)|
|Colorado||$1,600 payments for unemployed people who transitioned into full-time work in May and $1,200 for those returning in June (contingent on eight weeks of employment)|
|Connecticut||$1,000 payment to the first 10,000 long-term unemployed people who return to work in 2021 for at least eight consecutive weeks|
|District of Columbia|
|Massachusetts||1,200 "sign-on bonuses," payable in three increments spread out over a full year.|
|Montana||$1200 return to work bonus with early end of federal unemployment benefits|
|New Hampshire||One-time employment bonus of $1,000|
|New York||Proposal for $1200 bonus for returning to work.|
|North Carolina||$1200 return to work bonus with early end of federal unemployment benefits. Still in proposal stage|
|Oklahoma||$1200 return to work bonus for up to 20,000 eligible workers who are currently receiving PUA, PEUC, or UI from May 2 through May 15 and when they complete 6 weeks of continued employment of 32 hours of week or more with the same employer|