Unemployment programs get $39 million to improve performance in 43 states
The Department of Labor awarded more than $39.3 million in grants last week to enhance unemployment insurance programs in 43 states. “For more than 80 years, the unemployment insurance system has been a crucial lifeline for millions of working people who lost their job through no fault of their own,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez in a press release. “These grants will help states use every tool at its disposal to ensure payments are available to those who are eligible, and take important steps to reduce and recover improper payments. The funds will also identify new ways to level the playing field for responsible employers.”
The grants were awarded to help state unemployment insurance programs prevent and detect improper benefit payments, improve program performance, address outdated information technology systems, and combat employee misclassification that underpays and denies benefits to workers. Grants range from $269,215 in Massachusetts to $2,612,092 in Connecticut, with a median grant of $740,935.