June 25, 2014

Manchin Announces Nearly $192,000 for WorkForce West Virginia

Funds will help West Virginians get back to work

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that WorkForce West Virginia will receive $191,863 in federal funding through the Re-Employment and Eligibility Assessments program (REA) administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) to help West Virginians who are out of work find employment opportunities.

“The longevity of this stubborn economic slump has left many West Virginians still struggling to find good-paying jobs,” Senator Manchin said. “This grant gives WorkForce West Virginia the necessary funding to continue helping unemployed West Virginians by providing them with the tools they need to fill open positions.”

The funding will be used to conduct in-person assessments at WorkForce West Virginia. The assessments will include:

• Developing individual re-employment plans for each applicant;
• Providing labor market information that corresponds to the applicant’s job skills, employment prospects and location;
• Reviewing the applicant’s eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits; and
• Providing a referral to relevant re-employment or job training services.

The Department of Labor awarded $68,745,912 to American Job Centers in 37 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. The REA program helps reduce the number of weeks unemployment insurance benefits are claimed by advancing the re-employment of claimants.