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Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
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U.S. Virgin Islands

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (The Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. The Department of Labor is investing $8.7 million to help meet the needs of workers in the Virgin Islands through both Recovery Act and regular appropriations.

  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes $3 million for the Virgin Islands:
    • $817,044 for Workforce Investment Act youth activities,
    • $327,487 for Workforce Investment Act adult activities,
    • $949,712 for Workforce Investment Act dislocated worker activities,
    • $143,065 for administrative support for unemployment compensation, and
    • $780,013 for Wagner-Peyser Act services.
  • The Department is investing $5 million in the Virgin Islands through ETA program year 2010 formula allotments:
    • $633,401 for Workforce Investment Act youth activities,
    • $589,102 for Workforce Investment Act adult activities,
    • $966,178 for Workforce Investment Act dislocated worker activities,
    • $1.4 million for Wagner-Peyser Act services,
    • $83,901 for Workforce Information system,
    • $20,000 for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program, and
    • $1.35 million for the Senior Community Service Employment Program.
  • UI Modernization — The Department has released $677,637 in unemployment insurance (UI) modernization incentive funds to the Virgin Islands. The Virgin Islands qualified for a one-third share of its potential UI modernization funds available under the Recovery Act by enacting new provisions that assist recent entrants to the workforce (by allowing workers to use their more recent earnings to qualify for benefits). An additional $1.3 million in new funding is available if the Virgin Islands fully enacts the UI modernization incentives that the Recovery Act provides.