US Labor Department awards nearly $65.5 million
WASHINGTON,D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded nearly $65.5 million in grants to 40 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia to implement and continue re-employment and eligibility assessments for Unemployment Insurance beneficiaries. This will allow states to provide personalized assessments for recipients of Unemployment Insurance to help them get back on their feet faster.
The funds will be used to conduct in-person assessments in One-Stop Career Centers. The assessments include the development of a re-employment plan for claimants, the provision of labor market information that is appropriate to the claimants' locations and employment prospects, a complete review of claimants' eligibility for Unemployment Insurance benefits, and a referral to re-employment services and/or training provided by the One-Stop Career Centers
that is separate from the UI program.
This is the eighth year that the Labor Department has awarded grants through its Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment initiative. Recent evaluations of REA programs have shown that REAs reduce the number of weeks UI benefits are claimed by expediting the re-employment of the UI claimants. This evidence justifies expanding the use of REAs as provided for in the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which is authorized by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.