US Labor Department Awards $112M in Grants for Reemployment Services, Eligibility Assessments in 50 States, Territories

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The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded $112 million to 50 state and territorial workforce agencies, including those in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, to operate reemployment services and eligibility assessments programs for those receiving unemployment insurance benefits. Estimates based on the budgets in the past 10 years show that the program has reduced individual use of UI services by approximately one-and-a-half weeks, saving on average $3 for every dollar spent in costs.

This is the 12th year that the department has awarded grants through this initiative. Recipients prioritize RESEA services to transitioning, honorably discharged veterans and individuals likely to exhaust their UI benefits.

According to Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Portia Wu. “Today’s grant awards will ensure unemployed individuals have a wide array of workforce services available and can continue to be eligible for UI services.”

The funds will be used to connect participants with in-person assessments and re-employment services  through their local their local American Job Centers including developing an individual re-employment plan; providing relevant and timely labor market information, identifying job skills and employment prospects; and reviewing claimant’s continued eligibility for UI benefits.

2016 Re-employment Services and Eligibility Assessment Grants

StateFunds AwardedStateFunds Awarded
Alabama$250,444Missouri$769,758
Alaska$130,293Montana$702,997
Arizona$648,946Nebraska$441,477
Arkansas$143,429Nevada$2,070,137
California$12,698,079New Hampshire$1,295,354
Colorado$364,416New Jersey$1,917,219
Connecticut$913,219New Mexico$635,048
Delaware$564,658New York$20,270,329
District of Columbia$525,182North Carolina$4,438,192
Florida$5,714,020Ohio$3,002,253
Georgia$202,171Oklahoma$1,054,169
Hawaii$1,075,361Oregon$5,221,196
Idaho$749,790Pennsylvania$1,290,160
Illinois$1,245,566Puerto Rico$302,442
Indiana$4,404,403Rhode Island$1,249,242
Iowa$1,613,534South Carolina$1,144,308
Kansas$748,455South Dakota$305,187
Kentucky$561,932Tennessee$2,963,132
Louisiana$1,800,284Utah$1,889,591
Maine$772,659Vermont$100,000
Maryland$1,325,350Virgin Islands$264,643
Massachusetts$6,251,469Virginia$1,766,845
Michigan$1,550,610Washington$9,192,063
Minnesota$1,646,396West Virginia$358,083
Mississippi$998,544Wisconsin$2,456,965

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