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Job Service North Dakota has been allocated funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. This Act mandates distribution of ARRA funds through specific existing programs that Job Service North Dakota administers. While these programs and services are not new, an increasing number of North Dakotans are facing the need for skills development and job search assistance.

Job Service works to inform employers, employees and the public of the services available via news events, participation in Rapid Response activities designed to assist laid off workers, extensive promotion through schools and workforce partners, the Internet and more.

Stimulus funds received through Job Service North Dakota will help support the programs and services outlined below. If you would like information on any of these programs and services, visit jobsnd.com or contact the Job Service Customer Service Office in your area.

Employment Services - $2,984,613

The total ARRA Employment Services funds allocated to North Dakota are $2,984,613, with $1,865,383 of those funds designated for Reemployment Services.

Employment services connect people to jobs through job matching, job search assistance workshops, skills testing, and career exploration assistance. These services are available to all job seekers at Job Service offices around the state and online at www.jobsnd.com.

ARRA funds are utilized to address the increased number of individuals seeking employment assistance and place special emphasis on services to Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants seeking reemployment.

Reemployment Services (RES) - $1,865,383

Reemployment Services funds are specifically targeted at providing reemployment services to the recipients of UI benefits, and include intensive individual services.

In an effort to provide convenient, effective reemployment services to the unemployed, the Job Service UI area has utilized the available RES funds in a variety of areas. Changes and enhancements are being made to our Web-based applications, to our online job-search tools, and towards technology that will assist in identifying transferable skills. Additionally, the funding has allowed the UI area to add temporary staffing to assist individual claimants and provide intensive case management services. The technology-based enhancements provide immediate assistance to claimants, but will also serve to assist claimants in future years, even after a national economic recovery has occurred. This type of use maximizes the effectiveness of the investment, and provides North Dakota with effective tools that will be used on a long-term basis.

Workforce Investment Act - $5,068,883

The ARRA funds allocated to North Dakota through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) total $5,068,883 which are allocated to various programs as outlined below. These additional ARRA funds for WIA programs help provide the individual assistance needed to place individuals in high-wage, high-demand occupations. There are three WIA program categories: Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth. Individuals must meet specific eligibility criteria for each category. WIA is not an entitlement program and not all who meet eligibility criteria will receive funding.

Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs - $1,234,406 (Adult)
$916,452 (Dislocated Worker)

Adult and Dislocated Worker programs are designed to help individuals enter the job market or become re-employed after job loss. The types of assistance vary with individual needs and often include identifying skills and interests, determining training needs and opportunities, short-term, limited financial support, and financial assistance for training.

Focus is placed on obtaining employment in North Dakota's high-wage, high-demand jobs. Individuals must qualify for programs based on factors such as income levels, disabilities, or lay off circumstances.

ARRA in Action – North Dakota Success Stories – Adult and Dislocated Workers

  • "Susan" is 23 and a single mother. She worked seasonally as a paraprofessional for the past four years. She also worked seasonally for an area farmer grading potatoes in the warehouse. In 2009, Susan started working as a community outreach worker where she developed an interest in nursing and decided to take a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training class. Due to her limited income this class was funded with ARRA funds through the WIA program. Susan's goal is to advance her career in nursing through further education and continued employment. ARRA funding allowed her to take the first step.
  • A young man, "Bob" from rural North Dakota is a single parent and an offender. Job Service placed Bob in an On-the-Job Training (OJT)/apprenticeship opportunity in a high-wage, high-demand occupation. This opportunity offers Bob continued employment potential and allows him to live, learn and earn a living in rural North Dakota. An established partnership between the Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JACTC), the potential employer, and Job Service resulted in this OJT activity. The OJT and apprenticeship training books were purchased with WIA funds.
  • "Shawn" was dislocated from a low-paying position that had no advancement potential. He came to Job Service seeking assistance to improve his skills and re-enter the workforce. WIA funds were used to provide him with short-term Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training to become a truck driver, which is a high-demand occupation in North Dakota. The transition from being out of work to completing the six-week CDL training, to new employment lasted approximately eight weeks. One day, Shawn called the case manager to thank him for the assistance Job Service provided. The case worker learned that Shawn was stopped at a rest area and calling from the cab of the truck of his new employer.

Youth Program - $2,918,025

ARRA provided increased funding for a program of educational enrichment, skills training, work experience and supportive services that help young individuals gain work skills and career awareness in high-demand occupations.

Individuals must qualify based on income level and the presence of significant barriers to employment. While the regular program allows for services to youth ages 14-21, ARRA funds serve youth through age 24.

The ARRA required that all states conduct an expansive 2009 Summer Youth Program in which youth participated in paid work activities designed to help them earn an income while exposing them to career opportunities. Paid work activities were available at public and private establishments in North Dakota. Many Summer Youth Program participants also benefited from career exploration and leadership programs in conjunction with the work activities. North Dakota provided services to more than 600 individuals in the Summer Youth Program.

Paid work activities are based on the skills and interests of each participant and are designed to provide occupational exposure and wages. Some examples of the occupational exposure gained by North Dakota youth include:

  • Animal caretaker (sled dogs)
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer Support
  • Construction
  • Dermatology Research Assistant
  • Electronics and Mechanical Engineering
  • Geoscientist – Wind Energy
  • Graphic Design
  • Janitorial
  • Landscaping and Grounds Keeping
  • Marketing
  • Medical and Laboratory Technicians
  • Physical Therapy
  • Recreation
  • Retail Sales
  • Tour Guides

The limited remaining ARRA funds are available to assist an increased number of youth in year-round activities including assistance with post-secondary training costs.

ARRA in Action – North Dakota Success Stories – Youth

  • "Sam" dropped out of school during his senior year of high school and married his girlfriend. Since he was having trouble finding employment, he was placed at a local mechanic shop through a work experience activity.As soon as his hours were completed at the work site, the company hired him as a full-time employee. The shop manager was so pleased with Sam's performance, he asked Job Service to place other students interested in mechanics at his shop.

    Throughout the work experience Sam was working on his GED. He recently passed all his tests and was awarded his GED. Job Service also helped Sam's wife secure a job as a Certified Nurse Assistant. Both Sam and his wife are happy to have good jobs with benefits.

  • "Joe," a young man from a rural area with learning disabilities and no previous work history was seeking work experience. Job Service placed Joe in a WIA Youth- funded work activity at a locally-owned apparel and sign printing business. The entrepreneur's background in special education was beneficial when it came to planning job duties and supervising Joe.

    Joe's early duties were fairly simple, such as checking in inventory and getting the mail. He was provided with step-by-step instructions on how to complete his tasks. Joe finished work in a timely manner, wanted to do more and was always willing to learn new tasks. With some behind-the-scenes assistance, his duties grew in variety and responsibility. Joe also assisted with many of the sign printing tasks and completed them successfully. He was pleased to be given such responsibilities.

    In the future, Joe plans to enter the culinary field and possibly open a family business. He learned a great deal about running a business. Joe likes to work, wants to go to school and has a bright future.

Unemployment Insurance (UI) Services

In addition to the intensive reemployment services, funding from ARRA has enabled Job Service North Dakota to provide additional financial assistance to the unemployed in North Dakota. The Unemployment Insurance ARRA funding awarded in North Dakota has come in several different formats:

Federal Extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) - $5,659,879*

The EUC program began in 2008 but has been extended through the use of ARRA funding. Since the extension of the EUC program, more than 11,000 EUC claims have been filed, providing additional weekly monetary assistance to unemployed individuals. The funds associated with this program have also provided economic stability to businesses throughout the state, as unemployed individuals are able to continue their patronage of these businesses throughout their period of unemployment.

Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) - $5,218,159

The FAC program provides an increase of $25 in weekly UI benefits for each week of UI benefits claimed. In fiscal year 2009 and through January 2010, more than 43,000 new UI claims have been filed. The FAC payments provided under this program have provided additional weekly monetary assistance to unemployed individuals in the state, assisting them during their time of unemployment.

UI Administration - $1,039,443

Funds allocated to UI Administration are available to help the state process the increased workload associated with high claim volume and associated activities.

Due to the additional UI claims volume, Job Service hired temporary staff to accept and processing benefits claims. The administrative funds provided under the ARRA program create an opportunity to provide the staffing and infrastructure needed to adequately administer the UI program, and the various programs associated with it.

*Not all dollars are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.