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Joe Cunningham Proposes $1,200 Return-to-Work Bonuses

Charleston, SC - Former U.S. Representative and Gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham announced a proposal on Monday to give $1200 bonus incentives to unemployed workers who rejoin the labor force and maintain employment for at least one month. Funding would come from the recently passed American Rescue Plan to address the growing staffing shortage throughout the country caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"South Carolina businesses are still reeling from a pandemic that caused new and unexpected challenges. And now many are unable to fill jobs because of those challenges. From childcare issues and lack of in-person schooling to stagnant wages and understandable health concerns, there are numerous contributing factors to the current workforce shortage. But the solution is not to carelessly rip away vital unemployment assistance to people who are out of work through no fault of their own. We should continue to help our workers get back on their feet after this historic public health crisis and this one-time return-to-work bonus will do just that."

Cunningham called for a similar return-to-work bonus nearly a year ago while a member of Congress. Recently, Montana proposed similar measures in an effort to incentivize people to return to work.

Joe Cunningham announced his candidacy for Governor of South Carolina on April 26th and has since launched a 46-county tour of the state.