POSTED: 03:30 p.m. HST, May 07, 2012
Hawaii will receive $703,100 as part of a federal grant that to provide services in 40 states for the unemployed, the U.S. Department of Labor announced today.
“Today’s grant announcement will allow states to provide personalized assessments for recipients of unemployment insurance to help them get back on their feet faster,” said Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis.
The funds will be used to conduct in-person assessments at government-run “One-Stop Career Centers” according to a news release from the Department of Labor. The DOL awarded $65.5 million in grants to 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
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 unemployment insurance benefits are claimed by expediting the re-employment of the UI claimants, according to the news release.