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New Jersey Will Pay the People Who Have Been Paid Not to Work to Return to Work

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy speaks at Monmouth Park Sports Book in Oceanport, N.J., June 14, 2018. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

The New York Post reports:

Unemployed New Jerseyans who return to work could get a $500 bonus in their first paycheck under a state program unveiled Monday.

The “Return and Earn” program aims to curb labor shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy said.

Ah, “labor shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” Anything in particular that led to them?

Small businesses have been hit with a shortage of workers amid the pandemic, with critics laying the blame on enhanced COVID-19 unemployment benefits.

So, to be more precise: The problem in New Jersey is that the federal government has been paying people not to work — a problem that New Jersey intends to counteract by . . . paying people to work instead.

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