“These grants represent another way in which vital support is being provided to unemployed workers and their families including auto workers,” added Dr. Ed Montgomery, executive director of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers. “By taking advantage of the resources available in the REA initiative, the workers will be able to find good jobs that match their skills.” For more information on unemployment insurance, and the range of Department of Labor training and employment programs, visit http://www.doleta.gov(link is external). “Unemployment insurance is a centerpiece of the social safety net, but it is only part of a process designed to help get workers back into good jobs,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “By expanding training and employment services, these grants will help prepare workers for employment in thriving regional industries, and give them a better opportunity to provide for their families.” Today’s funding will allow staff at one-stop career centers to conduct in-person assessments with individuals who are receiving unemployment compensation. These assessments are used to determine which services and/or training are appropriate for each worker. Each worker also develops an individual work-search plan and is provided with labor market information that allows for a more focused job search. Editor’s note: A list of grantees follows this news release. 2009 REA GRANTS STATE GRANT AMOUNTS ARIZONA* $391,701 CALIFORNIA* $3,180,000 FLORIDA $3,078,796 HAWAII $521,860 IOWA* $819,089 IDAHO $51,780 INDIANA $492,000 KANSAS* $425,492 MARYLAND* $1,019,462 MISSOURI* $591,908 MISSISSIPPI* $1,473,459 MONTANA* $656,750 NORTH CAROLINA* $1,878,255 NEBRASKA* $474,487 NEW JERSEY $144,158 NEVADA $496,400 NEW YORK $3,892,177 OHIO $2,746,970 OREGON* $461,222 PUERTO RICO* $408,450 SOUTH CAROLINA $33,600 TENNESSEE* $980,094 VERMONT* $688,156 WEST VIRGINIA* $231,678 WISCONSIN* $1,333,892 TOTALS $26,471,836 * NEW REA STATES U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov(link is external). The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office upon request. Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755. The Labor Department is committed to providing America’s employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visithttp://www.dol.gov/compliance(link is external). WASHINGTON, July 30, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced grants totaling $26.5 million to 25 states to implement or enhance the Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) Initiative for unemployment insurance (UI) recipients. Vermont will get $688,156. This funding will allow 16 new states to implement the REA Initiative, with the remaining nine using funds to expand or improve current programs.
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