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ETA News Release: [06/24/2014]
Contact Name: Jason Kuruvilla
Phone Number: (202) 693-6587
Email:
Kuruvilla.Jason@dol.gov
Release Number: 14-1212-NAT

$68.7M awarded to fund re-employment and eligibility assessments
for Unemployment Insurance claimants in 40 states and territories

Grants will expedite job searches while reducing improper UI payments

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded $68,745,912 to 37 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia to implement or continue re-employment and eligibility assessments for Unemployment Insurance beneficiaries.

"Offering newly unemployed Americans access to a full array of job training and placement services will help to reduce time spent between jobs," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "These federal grants will also strengthen the integrity of the Unemployment Insurance program by preventing improper payments so that it remains available for those who truly need it."

The funding will be used to conduct in-person assessments at American Job Centers. The assessments include the development of an individual re-employment plan for each claimant; the provision of labor market information that is appropriate to the claimant's location, job skills and employment prospects; a complete review of the claimant's eligibility for UI benefits; and a referral to the relevant re-employment or training services provided by the American Job Center.

Colorado is receiving a first-time grant to implement an REA program while the other states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia are being awarded additional funds to continue their programs. This brings the total number of states that have offered re-employment and eligibility assessments to 44.

This is the 10th year that the department has awarded grants through the REA initiative. Recent evaluations of the program have shown that REAs reduce the number of weeks UI benefits are claimed by expediting the re-employment of UI claimants. Information about the positive impact and effectiveness of REAs can be found in an evaluation report conducted by Impaq International LLC.

Editor's Note: A chart listing the states receiving awards and the grant amounts follows this release.

2014 Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment Grants

State

Funds Awarded

Arizona

$138,623

California

$5,211,049

Colorado

$227,971

Delaware

$206,208

District of Columbia

$661,870

Florida

$4,933,760

Georgia

$301,387

Hawaii

$855,485

Idaho

$333,933

Indiana

$3,225,985

Iowa

$759,892

Kansas

$273,173

Kentucky

$1,558,925

Louisiana

$2,059,493

Maine

$1,493,763

Maryland

$547,982

Massachusetts

$4,582,706

Montana

$111,287

Minnesota

$1,598,840

Mississippi

$759,072

Missouri

$611,887

Nebraska

$244,158

Nevada

$1,543,703

New Hampshire

$929,832

New Jersey

$1,965,447

New Mexico

$136,452

New York

$18,061,968

North Carolina

$2,244,876

Oregon

$3,147,793

Puerto Rico

$25,685

Rhode Island

$701,363

South Carolina

$1,354,859

South Dakota

$330,647

Utah

$1,094,632

Vermont

$1,047,893

U.S. Virgin Islands

$304,849

Virginia

$980,811

Washington

$3,111,757

West Virginia

$191,863

Wisconsin

$874,033

Total = $68,745,912