Can I Get Information About the Back to Work CT Program?

How Does the Back to Work CT Program Work?

Governor Lamont created the Back to Work CT program to help Connecticut residents recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. The program gives a one-time $1,000 bonus payment to 10,000 long-term unemployed Connecticut residents who find new jobs.

Although the pace of our state’s recovery is accelerating as the pandemic subsides, many people have lost their jobs and are still struggling to find employment that is appropriate to their skill level and financial requirement to meet their families’ needs. The Back to Work CT program will help to encourage those in long-term unemployment by covering the costs of searching for and starting a new job.

To be eligible for the program, workers must:

  • Have filed an unemployment claim with the State of Connecticut for the week immediately prior to May 30, 2021
  • Find and keep a full-time job for at least eight consecutive weeks before December 31, 2021
  • Receive no unemployment compensation during the required eight-week period of employment


The Department of Revenue Service website is available at Residents can find application forms for the Back to Work CT program on that website.