Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced $1,687,439 to New Jersey for re-employment programs in the state that include personalized assessments and plans for individuals receiving unemployment benefits.
"It's outrageous that House Republicans have yet to pass a comprehensive jobs bill this Congress, but luckily this grant will provide personalized assistance to many New Jereseyans who are out of work," said Pallone. "While this funding and the re-employment program will be helpful to many unemployed New Jerseyans, it is ultimately too little, too late. Congress should be voting on legislation to grow the economy and create jobs, but instead House Republicans have already announced their plans to bring up legislation that undermines the benefits of the Affordable Care Act this week."
The funds from U.S. Department of Labor for New Jersey will be used to provide unemployment insurance beneficiaries with personalized, re-employment plans based on the claimant's career interests and the local labor market. These assessments are done in-person and participants will receive referrals to re-employment services and/or training provided by local American Job Centers or One-Stop Career Centers. These centers are located throughout New Jersey and designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers under one roof, offering training referrals, career counseling, job listings, and similar employment-related services. Customers can visit a center in person or connect to the center's information online.
Through this grant, the re-employment program also allows for a complete review of the claimants eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits to help reduce incidences of improper payments.