NOTE: Applications to the Back to Work CT Program are no longer being accepted.
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.
To be eligible for the program, workers must:
- Have filed an unemployment compensation weekly claim with the State of Connecticut for the week May 23 - 29, 2021
- Have filed an unemployment compensation weekly claim with the State of Connecticut for eleven additional weeks between December 27, 2020 and May 22, 2021
- Obtain and maintain a full-time job for eight consecutive weeks between May 30, 2021 and December 31, 2021
- Not file an unemployment compensation weekly claim with the State of Connecticut for any portion of the required eight consecutive weeks of employment.
Residents can find the Back to Work CT application form on the Department of Revenue Services website at ct.gov/drs.