SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $1 MILLION TO HELP NEW HAMPSHIRE UNEMPLOYED WORKERS FIND WORK

Dept. of Labor grant will provide individualized job search and training guidance

April 15, 2010

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for $1,123,648 to create individualized employment and job training assessments for unemployed workers across the state. This funding will enhance the work being done at one-stop career centers throughout New Hampshire by allowing staff to conduct in-person assessments to determine which services and/or training are appropriate for individuals currently receiving unemployment compensation. Each worker will also develop an individual work-search plan and will be provided with labor market information that allows for a more focused job search. 

"This funding will help those hardest hit by the recession to determine their best opportunities for employment," said Shaheen. "We must do everything we can to help those who have lost their jobs to get back on their feet, and this funding will greatly help those efforts currently underway across New Hampshire."

The grant is part of a $50 million grant program from the Department of Labor for 34 states to implement or continue the reemployment and eligibility assessment (REA) initiative for unemployment insurance beneficiaries.  This is the sixth year that DOL has awarded REA grants, and the first year that New Hampshire has been a recipient. 

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