Outlines the accomplishments and challenges in implementing the workforce and UI provisions of the Recovery Act, highlights new and promising practices, and provides guidance to the Employment and Training Administration, to the states, and to local workforce investment areas.

“The purpose of this project was to measure the accomplishments and challenges in implementing the workforce and UI provisions of the Recovery Act, to highlight new and promising practices, and to provide guidance to the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), to the states, and to local workforce investment areas. The ETA received monthly reports from the states on their expenditures and activities, but it did not receive systematic in-depth information about the implementation of the workforce components of the Recovery Act” (p. vii). The study team assessed progress and challenges related to the following federal workforce development programs that were awarded the noted amount of resources: Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult Program ($494 million), the WIA Dislocated Worker program ($1,184 million), and the Wagner-Peyser Act ($148 million for unrestricted services and $247 million for reemployment services). In addition, they studied progress and challenges with unemployment insurance (UI) programs ($45 billion over 10 years) (p. v-viii). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Full publication title: Implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Workforce Development and Unemployment Insurance Provisions Final Report