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Bonus pay for essential workers varied widely across states

Bonus pay for essential workers varied widely across states
Posted at 7:57 PM, Jul 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-11 19:57:48-04

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — About one-third of the states have used federal coronavirus relief aid to provide extra pay to workers who were considered essential during the coronavirus pandemic. But an Associated Press review finds a wide variance in who qualified for those bonuses and how much they received.

Some states provided hazard pay only to certain state employees who worked in close-contact institutions like prisons or mental health facilities.

Other states passed out money to a broad range of private-sector employees, including health care providers, grocery store workers, janitors and child-care providers. The momentum for providing bonus payments appears to be slowing as society reopens.