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ETA News Release: [07/15/2013]
Contact Name: David Roberts
Phone Number: (202) 693-5945
Email:
Roberts.David@dol.gov
Release Number: 13-1361-NAT

US Labor Department awards more than $64 million to states to help expedite the re-employment of Unemployment Insurance beneficiaries

Grants awarded to 38 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded approximately $64.3 million to 38 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia to implement or continue re-employment and eligibility assessments for individuals who receive unemployment benefits.

"The grants announced today will help individuals and families facing unemployment get back to work quickly," said acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris. "This is a win-win-win for those looking for work, employers who want to pay less taxes and states struggling to control their budgets."

The funds will be used to provide UI beneficiaries with personalized, re-employment plans based on the claimant's career interests and local labor market information. These assessments are done in-person and participants will receive referrals to re-employment services and/or training provided by the American Job Center. The program will also allow for a complete review of the claimants eligibility for UI benefits, to help reduce incidences of improper payments.

Two new states, Connecticut and Delaware, along with the Virgin Islands are receiving grants to implement an REA program while 36 additional states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia are being awarded additional funds to continue their programs.

A recent report by Impaq International found strong evidence showing that re-employment and eligibility assessments expedite the return of the unemployed to the workforce. This report showing the positive impact and effectiveness of REAs can be found on the department's website at http://s.dol.gov/RK.

Editor's Note: A chart listing the states receiving awards and grant amounts follows this release.

State Grants for Re-employment and Eligibility Assessments

State

Award

Arizona

$596,326

Connecticut

$2,058,670

District of Columbia

416,074

Delaware

836,145

Florida

$7,146,196

Georgia

$259,000

Hawaii

$703,100

Iowa

$1,072,630

Idaho

$405,614

Indiana

$1,507,759

Kansas

$622,839

Kentucky

$1,282,591

Louisiana

$458,999

Massachusetts

$4,280,176

Maryland

$1,280,974

Maine

$1,244,064

Minnesota

$1,140,360

Missouri

$440,728

Mississippi

$1,022,413

Montana

$111,274

North Carolina

$2,786,966

Nebraska

$439,535

New Hampshire

$928,773

New Jersey

$1,687,439

New Mexico

$120,120

Nevada

$1,117,619

New York

$11,037,401

Ohio

$3,449,135

Oklahoma

$840,838

Oregon

$3,693,193

Puerto Rico

$571,348

Rhode Island

$346,847

South Dakota

$261,610

Tennessee

$2,674,877

Utah

$711,343

Virginia

$1,050,530

Virgin Islands

$486,285

Vermont

$951,119

Washington

$2,891,145

Wisconsin

$1,185,978

West Virginia

$141,623

Total

$64,259,656