AWI Receives Grant to Help Unemployed Floridians Find Jobs (04/16/2010)

For Immediate Release 
April 16, 2010

Contact:
Robby Cunningham
(850) 245-7130

AWI Receives Grant to Help Unemployed Floridians Find Jobs


TALLAHASSEE – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced Florida as one of the 33 states to receive $50 million in funding to implement reemployment and eligibility assessments for beneficiaries of unemployment insurance. Six states are receiving grants for the first time, while 27 states and the District of Columbia are being awarded additional funds to continue their initiatives.  Florida will receive $7.31 million to provide unemployment compensation beneficiaries with additional assistance in finding jobs.

“Our agency remains committed to securing additional funds that help Floridians get back to work,” said Agency for Workforce Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo. “This $7.31 million grant will advance our reemployment services by providing jobseekers with additional job training and placement assistance.”

The reemployment and eligibility assessment funds will be used by local One-Stop Career Centers to enhance individualized intensive reemployment services to unemployed Floridians.  The reemployment services include one-on-one individual appointments to provide an assessment of the individual’s employment skills and strengths and determine which services and/or training are most beneficial for each customer.  Additionally, a reemployment plan is developed for each individual, providing a more focused job search. 

A portion of the funds will be used for enhanced automation to provide comprehensive information and integration between the state unemployment compensation system and workforce system to ensure that critical employment history is identified and captured up-front to better serve unemployed Floridians in their reemployment efforts. 

For more information on unemployment insurance and Department of Labor training and employment programs, visit www.doleta.gov. For more information on Florida’s training and reemployment efforts visit www.floridajobs.org.
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