Indiana lands $3.2 million to help the unemployed find new jobs

2014-06-24T12:42:00Z 2014-06-24T14:48:15Z Indiana lands $3.2 million to help the unemployed find new jobsJoseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com

Indiana secured $3.2 million to help out-of-work people find new jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $68.7 million nationally for re-employment and eligibility assessments.

"Offering newly unemployed Americans access to a full array of job training and placement services will help to reduce time spent between jobs," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. "These federal grants will also strengthen the integrity of the unemployment insurance program by preventing improper payments so that it remains available for those who truly need it."

Indiana and 36 other states will use the funding to conduct in-person assessments at American Job Centers. Unemployment beneficiaries will get individualized re-employment plans, as well as information about the local labor market and their employment prospects.

The assessments will include a review of eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits, an evaluation of their job skills, and a referral to re-employment or training services.

Studies have found such assessments help people who are out of work find new jobs more quickly, reducing the amount of time they claim unemployment insurance benefits.

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