How does an extra $2,000 in cold, hard cash sound right about now?
In case you missed it, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced a great new initiative to help thousands of Arizonans overcome hurdles and get back to work as soon as possible.
$2k Bonus. Child Care Support. Education Opportunity.
The pandemic has forced many people into challenging situations. While some were let go or furloughed, others couldn’t work because of child care or other challenges. Not only will this initiative reward those that do get back to work, but it will help provide the needed resources to make going back to work possible in the first place.
Who is eligible for the $2,000 bonus?
Arizona will set aside $300 million of federal resources to offer a one-time bonus of $2,000 to eligible individuals who return to the workforce and get a full-time job. To qualify for the bonus, you must have already filed for unemployment benefits. You must also make $25 per hour or less at your new job and must begin working by at least Labor Day — Monday, September 6.
However, these funds from the state are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. The bonus will be awarded when you have left the unemployment insurance program and completed at least ten weeks of work with an employer.
To ensure you earn this bonus, you will want to reenter the workforce as soon as possible. This is where PrideStaff can help. We currently have fantastic job opportunities throughout Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Goodyear and beyond.
What if I can’t work full time?
We certainly understand there may be extenuating circumstances that prevent you from going back to work full time. The good news is that you can still go back to work part time and earn a bonus. If you go back to work part-time and still meet the above criteria, you will be eligible for a $1,000 bonus.
Again, these funds are limited, so you must look to gain employment as soon as possible and take advantage of this incentive before funds run out.
Is child care support part of Arizona’s return-to-work program?
Yes! For so many people, lack of child care was a barrier to returning to work. With this program, the state will provide three months of child care assistance for individuals with children who return to work after collecting unemployment benefits. To be eligible, you must have already filed for unemployment benefits and earn $25 per hour, equivalent to a yearly salary of $52,000 or less at your new job.
How can I learn new skills to land a job?
As part of the program, Arizona will provide $7.5 million for community college scholarships for currently unemployed workers who are eligible for the Return-to-Work bonuses — as well as $6 million for GED test preparation and exam fees for qualified workers without a high school diploma.
How do I get a job in a new industry?
PrideStaff can help you! We work closely with top employers throughout the Greater Phoenix, Glendale, Goodyear and Tempe areas. Never before have so many companies been open to hiring people with limited or no experience in the field. If you have ever wanted a job in a different industry, now is the time. Talk with one of our recruiters now. Let us know what types of positions you’re looking for and your background, and we will go to work to find a job that fits your goals and interests.
How do I apply to receive my bonus?
The State of Arizona will set aside $300 million of federal resources to offer a one-time bonus. More details about this program will be announced soon by DES at https://des.az.gov/back-to-work-program.