New Jersey offers the unemployed $500 to get a job
New Jersey is so ready for its residents to go back to work that they pay people until they find a job!
Unemployed residents who return to work can get a $500 bonus on their first paycheck thanks to a new state program unveiled this week, New York Post reports.
The “Back and Earn” program was created to address the labor shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
“This program will help both businesses and their employees, and is another step we’ve taken to boost our economy,” Murphy said in a statement.
Workers hired through the incentive program will receive an additional $500 in return to work.
Companies with 100 or fewer employees will also be eligible for up to $10,000 in wage subsidies to hire and train new employees who join the workforce. According to the program, the job they hold will have to pay at least $15 an hour.
Small businesses have been understaffed throughout the pandemic. Some critics blame the improved unemployment benefits for COVID-19, making it easier to leave the house.
As of last month, New Jersey’s employment rate was 7.2 percent, down from 7.8 percent at the start of the year.
New Jersey is not alone in suffering from unemployment, and now that many industries require people to be vaccinated, filling these jobs may become more difficult.
In New York, Governor Cathy Hochhol announced that health care workers are now authorized to vaccinate immediately and those who refuse are at risk of being fired or suspended.
We will keep you posted on any updates.
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