The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided incentives to states to modernize their unemployment insurance (UI) programs and improve coverage for women.  If states enact important UI reforms they will receive funds from the federal government that they can use for their UI systems.  Since the Recovery Act was passed 32 states have qualified for full funds and 7 states have qualified for partial funds.  As of now, 12 states have left all of their funding on the table.  States have until August 2011 to enact these reforms and qualify for funds.

Published On: August 25, 2010Associated Issues: Poverty & Economic SecurityUnemployment