News Release

US Department of Labor awards more than $146M to support workforce agencies’ efforts to return unemployed to workforce more quickly

48 states, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, District of Columbia to receive funding

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded more than $146 million to workforce agencies in 48 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia to operate their Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments programs. 

RESEA is an evidence-based program focused on individualized assessments, reemployment services and referrals to support an individual who is receiving unemployment benefits return to work more quickly. State agencies provide individual reemployment plans and support more informed job searches. This program is critical to states’ abilities to help individuals return to work as the nation’s economy recovers amid the pandemic. 

In the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, many states shifted resources to respond to the unprecedented increase in new unemployment claims, and reduced or suspended their RESEA activities temporarily. States have since resumed their RESEA programs with greater use of remote services and virtual person-to-person video conferencing to deliver services.

“Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments programs have a proven track record of providing needed assistance that gets people back to work quicker,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Suzi LeVine. “These funds will assist states as they grow and restructure their RESEA programs to assist workers who are struggling to recover from the economic effects of the pandemic.”

RESEA is one of many tools states have to introduce workers receiving unemployment benefits to services the broader workforce system provides. Individuals receiving benefits under temporary federal extension programs are ineligible to participate in RESEA but other state workforce systems’ resources are available.

Learn more about RESEA and individualized reemployment services.  

Editor’s Note:  A listing of award recipients follows this release.

 

Fiscal Year 2021 Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments Base Funding Awards

Recipient

Amount

Alabama Department of Labor

$1,460,327

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce

$121,348

Arizona Department of Economic Security

$1,178,577

Arkansas Department of Labor

$796,170

California Employment Development Department

$6,493,582

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

$728,722

Connecticut Department of Labor

$2,727,625

Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance

$772,975

District of Columbia Department of Employment Services

$822,997

Florida Workforce Services

$7,392,716

Georgia Department of Labor

$1,497,031

Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

$1,023,113

Idaho Department of Labor

$933,938

Illinois Department of Labor

$2,447,109

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

$5,788,646

Iowa Workforce Development

$2,206,637

Kansas Department of Labor

$1,044,073

Kentucky Labor Cabinet

$1,619,492

Louisiana Workforce Commission

$2,470,761

Maine Bureau of Unemployment Compensation

$823,061

Maryland Department of Labor

$2,171,057

Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance

$7,564,554

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

$3,869,861

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

$1,000,000

Mississippi Department of Employment Security

$1,453,156

Missouri Division of Employment Security

$1,388,200

Montana Department of Labor

$498,400

Nebraska Department of Labor

$657,823

Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation

$2,765,182

New Hampshire Department of Employment Security

$1,724,386

New Jersey Department of Labor

$3,460,301

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

$950,271

New York State Department of Labor

$21,770,091

North Carolina Department of Commerce

$5,746,751

Ohio Office of Workforce Development

$5,594,896

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

$1,547,187

Oregon Employment Department

$6,126,378

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

$2,703,604

Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources

$301,220

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

$1,465,819

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

$2,089,391

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

$498,400

Tennessee Department of Labor

$3,476,840

Texas Workforce Commission

$11,745,300

Utah Department of Workforce Services

$2,297,009

Vermont Department of Labor

$921,972

Virgin Islands Department of Labor

$498,400

Virginia Department of Labor

$2,725,763

Washington Department of Labor

$3,144,067

Workforce West Virginia

$498,400

Wisconsin Department of Workforce

$3,851,845

Total

$146,855,424

Agency
Employment and Training Administration
Date
April 21, 2021
Release Number
21-693-NAT
Contact: Grant Vaught
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