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ETA News Release: [05/24/2012]
Contact Name: Jason Kuruvilla or Dave Roberts
Phone Number: (202) 693-6587 or x5945
Release Number: 12-1073-NAT

US Labor Department announces availability of $35 million in grants to implement or improve Self-Employment Assistance programs

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $35 million in funds to develop, enhance and promote Self-Employment Assistance programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, guidance released today clarifies that states may enroll participants who are currently receiving or eligible for federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits.

This announcement is the latest in a series of innovative reforms to the Unemployment Insurance program made possible through the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which was signed by President Obama in February.

"Self-Employment Assistance has proven to be a valuable tool in helping many unemployed Americans realize the dream of business ownership," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "These grants will help states improve and expand the program while strengthening the economy and creating new jobs as more startups launch and grow."

Participants in these voluntary programs are provided with financial assistance equal to their Unemployment Insurance benefits while they receive important entrepreneurial training and resources to help launch their own businesses. In order to allow participants to devote full-time attention to creating new businesses that have the potential to create additional jobs, state work search requirements are waived.

Grant money can be used by states to implement a new Self-Employment Assistance program or improve the administration of current programs, as well as to promote programs and enroll eligible participants. In order to receive federal funding, states' UI laws must meet the Labor Department's requirements. Five states (Delaware, Maine, New Jersey, New York and Oregon) have active Self-Employment Assistance programs and are eligible now to apply for these grant funds. The other states have until June 30, 2013, to submit complete applications to the department.

The Labor Department will work with interested states to assist them in developing legislation as needed, and to implement Self-Employment Assistance programs. The department also will work with states on outreach strategies to identify potential entrepreneurs who are good candidates to start their own businesses. Additionally, the department is partnering with the Small Business Administration to provide technical assistance to states and to ensure that SBA resources are leveraged as states design Self-Employment Assistance programs.

For more information about Self-Employment Assistance, read the Unemployment Insurance program letter at http://s.dol.gov/S5.

Editor's note: A breakdown of the grant funds available follows this news release.




Available Self-Employment Assistance Grants

Purpose

State

Agency

Total Available

Establishment
or Improved
Administration

Promotion
and
Enrollment

Alabama

Alabama Department of Industrial Relations

$479,840

$411,291

$68,549

Alaska

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

$69,071

$59,204

$9,867

Arizona

Arizona Department of Economic Security

$711,300

$609,686

$101,614

Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

$276,319

$236,845

$39,474

California

California Employment Development Department

$5,388,572

$4,618,776

$769,796

Colorado

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

$562,343

$482,008

$80,335

Connecticut

Connecticut Department of Labor

$415,008

$355,721

$59,287

Delaware

Delaware Department of Labor

$80,608

$69,093

$11,515

District of Columbia

District of Columbia, Department of Employment Services

$89,317

$76,557

$12,760

Florida

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

$2,400,953

$2,057,960

$342,993

Georgia

Georgia Department of Labor

$1,156,906

$991,634

$165,272

Hawaii

Hawaii State Unemployment Insurance

$111,120

$95,246

$15,874

Idaho

Idaho Department of Labor

$167,546

$143,611

$23,935

Illinois

Illinois Department of Employment Security

$1,615,519

$1,384,731

$230,788

Indiana

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

$720,577

$617,637

$102,940

Iowa

Iowa Workforce Development

$242,970

$208,260

$34,710

Kansas

Kansas Department of Labor

$249,408

$213,778

$35,630

Kentucky

Kentucky Office of Employment & Training

$488,417

$418,643

$69,774

Louisiana

Louisiana Workforce Commission

$376,976

$323,122

$53,854

Maine

Maine Department of Labor

$132,233

$113,343

$18,890

Maryland

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

$541,360

$464,023

$77,337

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

$632,631

$542,255

$90,376

Michigan

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

$1,178,691

$1,010,307

$168,384

Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

$471,045

$403,753

$67,292

Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Employment Security

$356,732

$305,770

$50,962

Missouri

Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations

$638,248

$547,070

$91,178

Montana

Montana Department of Labor & Industry

$85,942

$73,665

$12,277

Nebraska

Nebraska Department of Labor

$111,006

$95,148

$15,858

Nevada

Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation

$465,817

$399,272

$66,545

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Employment Security

$100,300

$85,971

$14,329

New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development

$1,070,511

$917,581

$152,930

New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

$173,222

$148,476

$24,746

New York

New York State Department of Labor

$1,978,999

$1,696,285

$282,714

North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Commerce

$1,228,623

$1,053,105

$175,518

North Dakota

Job Service North Dakota

$33,347

$28,583

$4,764

Ohio

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

$1,238,931

$1,061,941

$176,990

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

$274,350

$235,157

$39,193

Oregon

Oregon Employment Department

$468,830

$401,854

$66,976

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

$1,273,656

$1,091,705

$181,951

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Labor Department Administration

$504,523

$432,448

$72,075

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

$159,734

$136,915

$22,819

South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

$548,432

$470,085

$78,347

South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

$51,445

$44,096

$7,349

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

$709,202

$607,887

$101,315

Texas

Texas Workforce Commission

$2,457,874

$2,106,749

$351,125

Utah

Utah Department of Workforce Services

$218,841

$187,578

$31,263

Vermont

Vermont Department of Labor

$49,329

$42,282

$7,047

Virginia

Virginia Employment Commission

$671,010

$575,151

$95,859

Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Labor

$9,718

$8,330

$1,388

Washington

Washington Employment Security Department

$791,014

$678,012

$113,002

West Virginia

WorkForce West Virginia

$157,955

$135,390

$22,565

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

$568,929

$487,653

$81,276

Wyoming

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

$44,750

$38,357

$6,393

Totals

 

$35,000,000

$30,000,000

$5,000,000