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Career Action Blog

We say these things everyday: “The unemployment rate is low.” “People are finding jobs faster.” “Employers can’t find enough workers.”
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Division of New Media, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, has made it easier to understand the key data behind these trends through videos.

The official BLS YouTube channel features short videos on important employment and labor market information, which is used for planning, guidance, and decision-making.
 

Here are the BLS videos we find most interesting at explaining complex facts in a clear, uncomplicated way:

  • Understanding BLS Unemployment Statistics (length 1:24 minutes)
  • Understanding BLS Employment Projections (length 3:17 minutes)
  • A Look at Occupational Employment in the United States (length 3:30 minutes)
  • Understanding BLS Projections of Occupational Separations (length 2:53 minutes) 

Learn more here

 

 

 

States have new flexibility in administering the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program, according to guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. The following elements are the new core components of a RESEA that must be included in the initial session with an unemployment compensation claimant:

  • UI eligibility assessment, including a review of work search activities and an adjudication referral if an issue or potential issue is identified
  • Labor market and career information that addresses the claimant’s needs
  • Enrollment in Wagner-Peyser Act-funded Employment Services
  • Support to develop and implement an individual reemployment plan
  • Information and access to American Job Center (AJC) services and referrals to reemployment services and training to support the claimant’s return to work

As in the past, initial and any subsequent RESEAs must be provided one-on-one and in-person. Here is a comparison of key changes. This comparison has been shortened for space.

 

FY 2017 Requirements

FY 2018 Requirements

Summary of Changes

UI eligibility assessment and referral to adjudication if an issue is identified

UI eligibility assessment, including review of work search activities and referral to adjudication if needed

Clarifies that review of claimant’s work search is part of eligibility assessment

Requirement for claimant to report to AJC

No similar requirement

States have discretion to require participants to report to AJC or alternative location, such as libraries or schools. RESEA services must continue to be provided in-person.

Orientation to AJC services

No similar requirement

States have discretion to continue orientation services as allowable activity.

Registration with state’s job bank

No similar requirement

States have discretion to require registration with job bank as allowable activity.

Development or revision of individual reemployment plan that includes work search, accessing services through an AJC or using self-service tools, and/or training

Providing support to claimant to develop and implement an individual reemployment plan

States have discretion to use alternative approaches to support individual reemployment plans. These approaches must be tailored to claimant’s needs and require some one-on-one interaction.

Provision of at least one additional career service, such as
--Coordination with other workforce activities, including WIOA Dislocated Worker Program
--Labor Exchange, including information about in-demand industries and occupations 
--Career readiness activities, including assistance with resumes

Providing access to AJC services and referrals to reemployment services and training to support claimant’s return to work

Career services is an allowable RESEA activity that may be charged against RESEA grant. However, states are no longer required to provide these services during RESEA session(s).

 

Read the entire Unemployment Insurance Program Letter 8-18 here, including information on funds still available for FY 2018.

Looking for a proven and fast way to help claimants create tailored individual reemployment plans, plus give consistent structure to your one-on-one RESEA meetings? Request complimentary review samples of the best-practice, self-guiding employment tools, published by Career Action Resources.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, American Job Centers are working to adapt to changing needs and challenges. In addition, as required by WIOA, American Job Centers must move toward enhanced integration, customer-centered service delivery, and dynamic partnerships.

But as automation, technology, the gig economy, and other trends affect the future of work, as well as our service delivery, how will we serve job seekers and businesses in the future? How will we keep essential human connections, do effective outreach, and give customized personal service?

Workforce representatives from eight states have collaborated and envisioned possible service delivery solutions for tomorrow's American Job Centers.


work.pngTo gain insight into these issues, you can watch a Webinar featuring these workforce representatives and learn about their recommendations for the future of American Job Centers. You can also read the Webinar transcript. 

Want to give your job seekers customized reemployment and job-seeking guidance now? Request complimentary review samples of  Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES).