Americans in some states could be in line to receive an extra stimulus check worth up to $2,000 if they return to the workplace.
The governors of Arizona and Kentucky were among lawmakers to launch initiatives – months before federal unemployment assistance payments ended on September 6.
Republican Doug Ducey, of Arizona, proposed the Back to Work Plan in May.
Americans that landed a full-time job would receive a one-time stimulus check of $2,000 while there was a $1,000 cash payment for people who scored part-time positions.
Gov. Ducey wanted to get as many Americans in the state to rejoin the workforce by Labor Day – September 6, KOLD 13 reports.
Introducing the scheme, he said: “With ample supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine on hand and millions of Arizonans vaccinated, people feel safer and are finally returning to life in Arizona as we knew and loved it before.
“People are back in the office, restaurants are at full capacity and tourists are flocking to our state.”
Arizona ended its participation in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation scheme on July 10 – a program that saw unemployed Americans receive weekly benefits of up to $300.
Ducey said: “We’re going to use federal money to encourage people to work instead of paying people not to work.”
Return to work incentives were also announced in Kentucky, Maine, and Montana.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear revealed in June that up to 15,000 residents in the state would be paid a $1,500 bonus if they returned to the workplace.
He said: “We want every Kentuckian working and participating as we sprint out of this pandemic with our economy booming.
“We wanted the right solution – not a red state or blue state solution – to thread this needle right to energize our thriving economy while looking out for those still trying to emerge from this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic who desperately need help.
“This is a step in the right direction for our people, our economy, and our employer.”
Residents must’ve been employed between June 24 and July 30 if they wanted to claim the cash.
And, Maine Governor Janet Mills offered employers a $1,500 payment for workers who start jobs between June 15 and June 30, or a $1,000 check for Americans who return to work in July.
She predicted that the cash could reach up to 7,500 people living in the state.
The program was open to Americans who received unemployment benefits ending May 29, accepted a full or part-time role that pays less than $25 an hour, and they must stay in the job for eight weeks.
Many states, including Idaho, Illinois, Florida, and Kansas, chose not to introduce a return-to-work incentive once the unemployment assistance scheme ended, according to Zip Recruiter.
Meanwhile, Californians and New Yorkers are among those expected to receive some extra cash.
Around two-thirds of residents in California are eligible to claim a $600 check as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Golden State stimulus program.
Some Americans will receive a $500 or $1100 payment.
Californians that earn less than $75,000 are eligible to claim a stimulus check.
Taxpayers must also have a valid Social Security number to claim the cash and they must not have received the first payment, according to National Interest.
Americans who did not receive the first Golden State stimulus check and claimed credit for at least one dependent are eligible for a $1100 check, CNET reports.
Meanwhile, local artists in New York City will receive help in the form of a $5,000 check in October, reports CBS.
As it stands, a fourth federal stimulus payment seems unlikely but around three million people have signed a petition calling for recurring checks worth up to $2,000 to be introduced.
The Change.org petition that was launched last year by restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin has topped 2.9million signatures.
She wrote: “Our country is still deeply struggling.
“The recovery hasn’t reached many Americans – the true unemployment rate for low-wage workers is estimated at over 20 percent and many people face large debts from last year for things like utilities, rent, and child care.”
She continued: “Moving forward Congress needs to make recurring checks automatic if certain triggers are met. No more waiting around for our government to send the help we need.”
But, some families will receive the next installment of their child tax credit payments.
Checks, worth up to $300 per child, will be sent out to millions of households on October 15.
Families will be sent up to $1,800 per child before the end of the year, while the remaining amount can be claimed when tax returns are filed in April.
Some families may receive a slightly larger advance payment if they submitted their tax returns late.