Job Search Assistance
Are you looking for a job? If so, you are not alone. A recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor showed the U.S. unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent in June. Despite this increase there are indications the employment outlook is improving. Also in June, more than 600,000 Americans got back into the labor market by restarting their job searches. Many analysts view the number of Americans re-entering the job market as a signal of renewed confidence in the economy. New jobs are being created in a number of sectors, including construction, education and health care services, and leisure and hospitality. If you are unemployed or looking for a new job, is highlighting some of the benefit programs available to assist with your job search.

For more information on employment statistics, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Web site:

  • 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. For more information visit

  • Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals
    The purpose of the Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI) program is to test and evaluate ways of creating employment and business opportunities for individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance. The program also aids other low-income individuals through self-employment, micro-enterprise, new business ventures, expansion of existing businesses through technical and financial assistance and non-traditional employment initiatives that lead to their economic self-sufficiency. For more information visit

  • 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. Eligible individuals also can obtain more intensive services and training. For more information visit

  • 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