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  • Utah is One of 38 States to Receive Grant for Re-employment and Eligibility Assessments
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 07/15/13 - 04:09 PM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (WASHINGTON, DC) - The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded approximately $64.3 million to 38 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia to implement or continue re-employment and eligibility assessments for individuals who receive unemployment benefits.

    “The grants announced today will help individuals and families facing unemployment get back to work quickly,” said acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris. “This is a win-win-win for those looking for work, employers who want to pay less taxes and states struggling to control their budgets.”

    The funds will be used to provide UI beneficiaries with personalized, re-employment plans based on the claimant’s career interests and local labor market information. These assessments are done in-person and participants will receive referrals to re-employment services and/or training provided by the American Job Center. The program will also allow for a complete review of the claimants eligibility for UI benefits, to help reduce incidences of improper payments.

    Two new states, Connecticut and Delaware, along with the Virgin Islands are receiving grants to implement an REA program while 36 additional states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia are being awarded additional funds to continue their programs.

    A recent report by Impaq International found strong evidence showing that re-employment and eligibility assessments expedite the return of the unemployed to the workforce. This report showing the positive impact and effectiveness of REAs can be found on the department’s website at http://s.dol.gov/RK.

    State Grants for Re-employment and Eligibility Assessments

    State Award

    Arizona $596,326

    Connecticut $2,058,670

    District of Columbia 416,074

    Delaware 836,145

    Florida $7,146,196

    Georgia $259,000

    Hawaii $703,100

    Iowa $1,072,630

    Idaho $405,614

    Indiana $1,507,759

    Kansas $622,839

    Kentucky $1,282,591

    Louisiana $458,999

    Massachusetts $4,280,176

    Maryland $1,280,974

    Maine $1,244,064

    Minnesota $1,140,360

    Missouri $440,728

    Mississippi $1,022,413

    Montana $111,274

    North Carolina $2,786,966

    Nebraska $439,535

    New Hampshire $928,773

    New Jersey $1,687,439

    New Mexico $120,120

    Nevada $1,117,619

    New York $11,037,401

    Ohio $3,449,135

    Oklahoma $840,838

    Oregon $3,693,193

    Puerto Rico $571,348

    Rhode Island $346,847

    South Dakota $261,610

    Tennessee $2,674,877

    Utah $711,343

    Virginia $1,050,530

    Virgin Islands $486,285

    Vermont $951,119

    Washington $2,891,145

    Wisconsin $1,185,978

    West Virginia $141,623

    Total $64,259,656

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