Hiring Incentives

Several employment incentives are available to businesses in Fresno County.

New Employment Opportunities (NEO) Program

Unique to Fresno County, six month, short-term wage reimbursement program: 100% for initial three  months, 75% for following three months of the program (extensions available under certain conditions). Incentive available to qualified employers hiring Fresno County residents.


New Employment Credit (NEC)

California hiring tax credit available to qualified employers hiring qualifying employees. Employment must be in Designated Geographic Area (DGA) and employer must obtain credit reservation on employee prior to hire. Credit is 35% of wages paid in excess of 150% of California minimum wage.

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Federal tax credit available for hiring qualifed individuals from specific target groups. Federal tax credit equal to 25% – 40% of a new employee’s first-year wages.  Maximum credit range is $1,200 to $9,600 depending on the employee hired.

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Employment Training Panel (ETP)

Provides for reimbursement of costs for customized vocational training of new or existing employees. Upgrade employee skills by creating a customized training program through approved training agencies. Wage reimbursement amount varies by training and job type.

Learn more about the ETP