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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009


Monthly Participant Reports, as of June 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided funding for the workforce investment system to offer training and employment services to workers who are facing unprecedented challenges to retool their skills and establish themselves in viable career pathways.

On a monthly basis, states report on the number of participants served under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth programs, and the Wagner-Peyser Employment Service program.  Due to the nature of the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker and Wagner-Peyser Employment Service formula-funded programs, the Department of Labor has not yet isolated the number of participants in each of these programs that are attributable to Recovery Act funds.

However, monthly reports include data on participation in the WIA Youth program and Wagner-Peyser Act Reemployment Services that is specific to the Recovery Act investment.

For the WIA Youth program and Wagner-Peyser Reemployment Services grants, states reported that for the months of May and June, 163,752 youth were served with Recovery Act resources, and of those youth, 106,966 participated in summer work-based learning experiences.  Those numbers are expected to increase for the month of July, when many additional local areas will initiate their summer employment component.

Additionally, the Recovery Act provided funding for states to offer more in-depth services to individuals receiving unemployment compensation.  For the months of May and June, over 1 million (1,031,292) of these individuals received reemployment services, including career guidance, job search activities, and referral to training services.

WIA Youth Recovery Act-funded activities

Total number of participants

163,752

Total number of participants in summer employment

106,966

Percentage in summer employment

65.3%

Percentage female

50.1%

Percentage male

49.7%

Percentage Hispanic/Latino

17.2%

Percentage American Indian or Alaska Native

2.2%

Percentage Asian

1.5%

Percentage Black or African-American

44.5%

Percentage Hawaiian Native or Other Pacific Islander

0.8%

Percentage White

37.5%

Percentage in-school

61.3%

Percentage out-of-school

36.3%

Wagner-Peyser Reemployment Services

Total number of participants

1,031,292

Percentage receiving career guidance

18.0%

Percentage receiving job search activities

51.0%

Percentage referred to WIA services

14.3%

Source:  State monthly participant reports as of 7/30/2009