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Date:September 28, 2009
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U.S. Department of Labor Awards Louisiana $907,000 Grant to Improve Unemployment Insurance Systems

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Workforce Commission today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the state a grant of $907,730 that will be used for improvements aimed at speeding the payment of unemployment insurance claims, while reducing operating costs.

The enhanced automation will allow more claims to be settled faster, freeing up staff members to focus their efforts on adding value to their services to customers.

“We would like to thank the USDOL for this grant, and we look forward to implementing upgrades that will benefit both claimants and businesses as they access our unemployment insurance system,” said LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink. “By enhancing our systems, we will be able to shorten the time it takes to pay claims and streamline the appeals process.”

The state also plans to use its grant to improve IT security and contingency planning.

Louisiana was one of 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to share in the more than $164 million in grants.

Louisiana’s grant is the result of two supplemental budget requests submitted to USDOL.

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