Georgia is among 40 states receiving awards from the U.S. Department of Labor to improve the integrity and performance of its Unemployment Insurance program.
The awards, totaling approximately $176.4 million were announced today. Georgia's take is $1,658,884.
The grants are intended to support the prevention and detection of improper benefit payments, improve state performance and address outdated information technology system infrastructures necessary to improve UI program integrity.
"The Unemployment Insurance program is a critical lifeline for those experiencing tough financial times. It helps families keep a roof over their heads, food on the table and provides a boost to the local economy," said Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "The grants announced today will support state efforts to ensure the program runs efficiently, so that it can remain in place for individuals and families in the future."
Georgia qualified for the funding by either implementing or committing to implement a set of core integrity activities.