“We want people to get back to work,” he said. “The president is considering a reform measure that will still provide some kind of reward for returning to work.”
General concern about coronavirus exposure is usually not a sufficient reason to remain unemployed and continue to collect benefits.
In Idaho, residents will receive a one-time cash payment of $ 1,500 to resume full-time jobs and $ 750 for part-time jobs. Those who have lost their jobs from March 1 and returning to work between May 1 and July 1 are eligible, said Alex Adams, director of the state’s financial management division.
The state directs $ 100 million from the $ 1.25 billion it received from coronary federal relief funds to this effort, although some of the funds originally intended to support small businesses may also be available.
The rewards will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, and is expected to cover approximately 70,000 Idaho. Employers, some of whom have told little that they have difficulty hiring employees, will file files on behalf of their workers.
Nearly 150,000 workers in Idaho filed for unemployment benefits for the first time in the 12 weeks since the announcement of a coronavirus emergency in mid-March. The state’s unemployment rate jumped to 11.5% in April, up from 2.5% the previous month.
Little, who described the values of conservative finance financially, said the payment was aimed at getting people to get jobs quickly.
“We are offering this as a bait to boost the economy,” he told a recent news conference.