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Unemployed Kentuckians Eligible for $1,500 'Back to Work' Payment

Kentucky's governor says that the first 15,000 Kentuckian unemployment claimants who re-enter the workforce by July 30 are eligible to receive a one-time, $1,500 'back to work incentive payment.'

Posted: Jun 24, 2021 12:17 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2021 3:44 PM

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Thursday that a new, monetary incentive was being offered to get Kentuckians back to work.

According to Gov. Beshear, the "Team Kentucky Back-to-Work Incentive" offers a one-time payment of $1,500 to unemployment insurance claimants throughout the Bluegrass State who re-enter the workforce in a Kentucky business between now and July 30, 2021.

Video and Photo via Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear

Gov. Beshear says that a total of $22.5 million in coronavirus relief funds has been set aside to provide the one-time payments to the first 15,000 qualifying Kentuckians who take advantage of the program.

According to the governor, Kentuckians who would like to apply for the program must be currently receiving the $300 bonus unemployment payment or one like it. Eligible individuals must also not currently have a "return-to-work" date.

Additionally, eligible individuals must be 18-years-old and must have been unemployed either as of or before June 23. You must also have an active, non-fraudulent unemployment claim as of June 23.

To apply for the program and find a full list of qualifications, you can visit teamkybacktowork.ky.gov now. 

You can hear more on the incentive program from Gov. Beshear's Thursday update by watching the video above or by watching the full update on YouTube.

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