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ETA News Release: [09/28/2009]
Contact Name: Michael Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3434 or x4661
Release Number: 09-1184-NAT

U.S. Department of Labor announces more than $164 million for state unemployment insurance technology infrastructure grants

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $164.5 million to 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to make technology upgrades that will improve the operation and security of unemployment insurance systems.

"Unemployment insurance programs play a key role in supporting dislocated workers," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "I am pleased that these grants will help states improve their technology infrastructure and better serve those in need. Making sure that claims and benefits are processed and paid in a timely, consistent and secure manner is critical to providing workers with the income security needed to actively seek re-employment."

Funds will be used for a variety of projects designed to improve services for both unemployment insurance claimants and employers, including: modernizing systems to improve and speed unemployment insurance benefit payments, tax collections and appeals processing; helping consumers avoid debit card fees when collecting benefits; improvements in information technology contingency and security plans; and strategies to improve overall program integrity.

Today's funding was provided following supplemental budget requests by nearly all states and is made available through the fiscal year 2009 budget and appropriations for state administration of the Unemployment Insurance Program.

For more information on Department of Labor unemployment insurance operations and the full range of employment and training programs and services, visit http://www.doleta.gov.

Editor's Note: A list of states/territories and grant amounts is below.


Unemployment Insurance Technology Infrastructure Grants

State

Grant Amount

Alabama

$926,714

Alaska

$1,900,000

Arizona

$6,778,673

Arkansas

$261,244

California

$4,439,602

Colorado

$3,453,055

Connecticut

$5,189,407

District of Colombia

$134,714

Florida

$1,573,298

Georgia

$8,850,630

Hawaii

$820,620

Idaho

$6,093,305

Illinois

$5,910,249

Indiana

$182,332

Iowa

$2,693,354

Kansas

$3,415,913

Kentucky

$3,457,695

Louisiana

$907,730

Maine

$341,290

Maryland

$5,362,230

Massachusetts

$2,533,150

Michigan

$3,908,500

Minnesota

$2,047,838

Mississippi

$3,804,924

Missouri

$2,032,503

Montana

$23,005

Nebraska

$777,307

Nevada

$4,188,165

New Hampshire

$73,275

New Jersey

$798,689

New Mexico

$1,666,539

New York

$5,354,950

North Carolina

$5,625,765

North Dakota

$6,473,523

Ohio

$7,596,689

Oklahoma

$5,506,310

Oregon

$7,622,761

Pennsylvania

$5,982,557

Puerto Rico

$270,320

Rhode Island

$2,620,605

South Carolina

$6,845,618

South Dakota

$1,925,000

Tennessee

$6,892,526

Texas

$4,506,746

Utah

$765,396

Vermont

$416,346

Virgin Islands

$413,408

Virginia

$1,545,204

Washington

$1,885,900

West Virginia

$559,030

Wisconsin

$2,458,344

Wyoming

$4,682,103

$164,495,031