States ending unemployment offering a return-to-work bonus up to $2,000


Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey talks to reporters after meeting with then-President Donald Trump at the White House on April 3, 2019.

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Return-to-work bonus

The states are withdrawing two or more months before their scheduled end date on Sept. 6. Officials claim the extra benefits are causing workers to stay on the sidelines, making it harder for businesses to hire.

Four of the states — Arizona, Montana, New Hampshire and Oklahoma — are paying return-to-work bonuses in lieu of the enhanced unemployment benefits to encourage residents to accept jobs.

“In Arizona, we’re going to use federal money to encourage people to work instead of paying people not to work,” Gov….


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