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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Program American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding
Extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program (EUC) The original deadline for all Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) was March 31st, 2009.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) extended that deadline to December 26, 2009 with a phase out for benefit payments through May 31, 2010. EUC is the federal extension of unemployment benefits for those who have run out of Tennessee Unemployment Compensation.
100% Federal Funding
Information on Additional $25 in Benefits Beginning with the week that ends February 28, 2009, for weeks in which you are eligible for any Unemployment Insurance benefit payments, you will receive an additional 25.00 per week. This amount is provided by the Federal Economic Stimulus package. The last date to establish eligibility for this part of the stimulus package is the week ending December 26, 2009. The last payable week for claims established by this date will be the week ending July 3, 2010. 100% Federal Funding
Suspension of Federal Income Tax For tax year 2009, the first $2400 paid in unemployment benefits will not be subject to Federal Income Tax. Amounts above $2400 remain taxable. Deduction would be made when filing individual 2009 tax returns
Summer Youth Jobs $25 million in funding is available for the Summer Youth Jobs Program in Tennessee.  11,639 jobs will be available for disadvantaged youth between the ages of 14 and 24.  Summer work will begin June 6th and ends on August 7th.
Youth must be low income, and have one or more of the following barriers:  deficient in basic literacy skills, school dropout, homeless, runaway or foster child; pregnant or parenting, offender, or an individual (including a youth with a disability) who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program, or to secure and hold employment.  For more information call the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development at 1-800-255-5872.

Unemployment Insurance
State Administration

Use will be limited to the (1) administration of incentive provisions; (2) improvement of UC benefit and tax operations;
While a portion will be reserved to cover future base funding shortfalls anticipated as a result of expansion of the Trade Readjustment Act to service industries, the majority will be earmarked for future technology upgrades to the benefit system overall.  One focus for upgrades will be in the Claims Center phone system.

Employment Security

Funding for re-employment services will be used to identify and serve the needs of UI claimants to assist in Re-Employment Services such as skills gap, identify employment barriers, job matching and placement with employers. The remaining funds will be used to off set administrative budget deficits.

Adult Provides for training and re-training of eligible low-income adults. Stimulus funds will be used to increase services to current enrollees (training amounts, support services such as travel and child care) that were reduced in 2008 due to program cuts and to increase the number of enrollees by 20% due to the downturn in the economy.  At a time where jobs are being lost, training in emerging occupations are necessary to fill skill gaps for Adults.  The state will retain 10% of this allocation for statewide programs listed below under “Stimulus Statewide.”
April, 2009 - June 30, 2011 Adults (2,000) Enter Training
Dislocated Worker Stimulus funds will be used to increase services to current enrollees (training amounts, support services such as travel and child care) that were reduced in 2008 due to program cuts and to increase the number of enrollees by 40% due to the downturn in the economy and the increase in numbers of individuals on unemployment insurance.  At a time when jobs are being lost, additional training in emerging occupations is necessary to fill skill gaps for dislocated workers.  The state will retain 10% of this allocation for statewide programs listed below under “Statewide Set Aside”
April, 2009 - June 30, 2011 Disclocated Workers (5,000) Enter Training

Rapid Response
State Set Aside

The state will retain 10% of the dislocated worker funding for rapid response service to employees and workers who are being laid off.  The number of layoffs and closures and the infrastructure for rapid response will be increased to meet the current demands.
AFL-CIO Technical assistance for Dislocated Workers
Adult Education for Dislocated Workers
Training Materials for Dislocated Workers

Set Aside

10% of Adult and Dislocated Worker funds will be used to create high skill job training classes in the Energy, Healthcare, and information technology sectors.  It is anticipated that an additional 4,000 adults and dislocated workers will be trained throughout the state as a result of these grants.

Clean Energy Training Center
(Walters’ State)


Bridge grants to businesses to extend employment and avert layoffs          


Economic Recovery Grants to businesses for Incumbent Workers at $100,000 cap      


Skilled Training Grants to TN Board of Regents                     


Enhancement to Jobs for TN Graduates Program                     


Supplemental Summer Youth Funding to Service Ineligibles  


Start Up Training at Austin Peay State University For Hemlock Semiconductors                        


Community Service for Older Americans Current SCSEP programs will use the ARRA funds to support additional training and employment opportunities for unemployed low-income seniors, 55 and older, with an objective that they gain unsubsidized employment.  Programs will expand the number of SCSEP participants assigned to community service work, especially in those growth industries, health care, childcare, environmental services and green agencies emphasized in the Recovery Act and in expanded public service activities that utilized Recovery Act funds.  The wages paid to these low-income seniors will provide a direct stimulus to the economies of local communities, which will also benefit from the community service work performed by SCSEP participants.  The training is provided to enhance a participant’s employment prospective while working under a host agency.  The agency should provide participants with real experiences and hands on training.  The stimulus package will provide new opportunities for the program to expand host agency work sites and increase participant services.

TN Department of Labor Weekly Reports
4/08/2009 - ARRA Report
4/15/2009 - ARRA Report
4/22/2009 - ARRA Report
5/06/2009 - ARRA Report
5/13/2009 - ARRA Report
5/20/2009 - ARRA Report
5/27/2009 - ARRA Report
6/03/2009 - ARRA Report
6/10/2009 - ARRA Report
6/17/2009 - ARRA Report
6/24/2009 - ARRA Report
7/01/2009 - ARRA Report

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