Unemployment and Job Search Assistance
Have you lost your job? If so, you are not alone. According to a recent report by the US Department of Labor, 8.6 million Americans are currently unemployed. There are some signs, however, that the economy and job outlook are improving. While US companies cut 1.8 million jobs during the recession in 2001, that trend has been slowly reversing. Some sectors, like government and services, have shown faster growth. If you are unemployed, or looking for a new job, GovBenefits.gov is highlighting a few of the programs available to assist with your job search.

For more information on recent unemployment figures, read the Department of Labor's Employment Situation Summary. www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

  • Dislocated Worker Program (Workforce Investment Act, Title I)
    The purpose of this program is to assist individuals who have been laid off or terminated, or who are scheduled to be laid of and need transition assistance to find or qualify for a new job. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=94

  • Employment and Training Assistance
    Services are available to individuals seeking a job or developing work skills. Services include job search assistance, referral and placement assistance, reemployment services to unemployment insurance claimants, labor market information, and individual skills assessments. If you are 18 or older and authorized to work in the United States, you may also be eligible to receive counseling, help in developing an individual employment plan, training and basic education. Childcare and transportation services may be available to enable an individual to participate in these activities. The array of services available is based upon an assessment of individual needs. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=93

  • One-Stop Career Center Initiative
    One-Stop Centers are at the heart of the new workforce investment system emerging under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). These centers provide an integrated array of high-quality services so that workers and job seekers can find the services they need under one roof in easy-to-reach locations. One-Stop Centers are designed to help job-seekers and workers obtain employment and training services to advance their careers. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=87

  • Unemployment Insurance
    Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own who meet eligibility requirements established by state laws. Each state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico have unemployment insurance programs. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=91
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