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$146 Million Awarded To Support State Workforce Agencies Efforts to Return Unemployed to Workforce More Quickly

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded more than $146 million to workforce agencies in 48 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia to operate their Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments programs.

RESEA is an evidence-based program focused on individualized assessments, reemployment services and referrals to support an individual who is receiving unemployment benefits return to work more quickly. State agencies provide individual reemployment plans and support more informed job searches. This program is critical to states’ abilities to help individuals return to work as the nation’s economy recovers amid the pandemic.

In the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, many states shifted resources to respond to the unprecedented increase in new unemployment claims, and reduced or suspended their RESEA activities temporarily. States have since resumed their RESEA programs with greater use of remote services and virtual person-to-person video conferencing to deliver services.

“Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments programs have a proven track record of providing needed assistance that gets people back to work quicker,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Suzi LeVine. “These funds will assist states as they grow and restructure their RESEA programs to assist workers who are struggling to recover from the economic effects of the pandemic.”

Fiscal Year 2021 Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments Base Funding Awards

Recipient Amount
Alabama Department of Labor $1,460,327
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce $121,348
Arizona Department of Economic Security $1,178,577
Arkansas Department of Labor $796,170
California Employment Development Department $6,493,582
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment $728,722
Connecticut Department of Labor $2,727,625
Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance $772,975
District of Columbia Department of Employment Services $822,997
Florida Workforce Services $7,392,716
Georgia Department of Labor $1,497,031
Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations $1,023,113
Idaho Department of Labor $933,938
Illinois Department of Labor $2,447,109
Indiana Department of Workforce Development $5,788,646
Iowa Workforce Development $2,206,637
Kansas Department of Labor $1,044,073
Kentucky Labor Cabinet $1,619,492
Louisiana Workforce Commission $2,470,761
Maine Bureau of Unemployment Compensation $823,061
Maryland Department of Labor $2,171,057
Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance $7,564,554
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity $3,869,861
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development $1,000,000
Mississippi Department of Employment Security $1,453,156
Missouri Division of Employment Security $1,388,200
Montana Department of Labor $498,400
Nebraska Department of Labor $657,823
Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation $2,765,182
New Hampshire Department of Employment Security $1,724,386
New Jersey Department of Labor $3,460,301
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions $950,271
New York State Department of Labor $21,770,091
North Carolina Department of Commerce $5,746,751
Ohio Office of Workforce Development $5,594,896
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission $1,547,187
Oregon Employment Department $6,126,378
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry $2,703,604
Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources $301,220
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training $1,465,819
South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce $2,089,391
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation $498,400
Tennessee Department of Labor $3,476,840
Texas Workforce Commission $11,745,300
Utah Department of Workforce Services $2,297,009
Vermont Department of Labor $921,972
Virgin Islands Department of Labor $498,400
Virginia Department of Labor $2,725,763
Washington Department of Labor $3,144,067
Workforce West Virginia $498,400
Wisconsin Department of Workforce $3,851,845
Total $146,855,424