Balancing unemployment insurance costs and a productive workforce are two tasks that employers often find challenging. Jobless rates are fluctuating across the country, and this could mean that your company has a high number of recently terminated staff members as well as a need for quality, efficient employees.

In order to address these problems and provide necessary training resources for U.S. businesses, the U.S. Department of Labor recently announced roughly $58 million in grant funding is available via the Workforce Investment Act Section 166 Indian and Native American Program. Ideally, these additional funds would help employers find knowledgable workers while simultaneously reducing the unemployment rate nationwide.

Native American unemployment rate historically high
There is a good reason why the federal grants are aimed at Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian adults and youths. This segment of the U.S. population has historically struggled with high unemployment rates, typically multiple percentage points above other groups of the American population.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, over the first half of 2013, the American Indian jobless rate was higher than 11 percent. This also represents five straight years of double-digit unemployment. These problems were greatest in the Midwest, Northern Plains and Southwest, with rates there reaching 16.8 percent, 15 percent and 15 percent, respectively. For comparison, the unemployment rate for U.S. citizens who identified themselves as Caucasian was only 6.9 percent over the first half of 2013.

Grants would support training, unemployment programs
In order to reverse the continued trend of high unemployment rates for Native Americans, the Department of Labor has made $58 million in grant funding available, with applications being accepted until April 23.

“Increasing access to job-driven education and training opportunities will help more Indians and Native Americans find their path to the middle class,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

In total, roughly 170 grants will be doled out, the Department of Labor reported. Out of the total amount available, about $46 million will be awarded to unemployed and low-income Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian adults. The remaining $12 million will be for Native American youths living on or near Indian reservations. The goal is to offer work experience, training programs and other support services to create a more effective workforce and provide suitable talent to employers looking for potential hires.

Juggling tax rates, expenses and difficult employees can become challenging at your company. Here at Corporate Cost Control, we understand these problems and are well positioned to help. Our extensive background in cost control and human resources will allow you to better manage your unemployment insurance expenses.


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