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Reemployment Support Centers

Contact: Bob Hughes
Employment Security Department
Olympia, WA 98504
Telephone: (360) 902-9768
Email:
bhughes@esd.wa.gov

Participation: 7,804 participants were served by Reemployment Support Centers between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

Who is Served: Those who receive lay-off notices or are recently unemployed due to community economic distress or plant closures are eligible. The program is not designed for the chronically unemployed or as a youth training program.

Program Description: The program provides coordinated services to reduce emotional, physical, medical, and financial barriers keeping clients from conducting an effective job search. A second purpose is to increase the local community’s capability to help its unemployed by building the capacity of the existing service delivery network. Types of services include job search assistance and job referral, training referral, financial counseling, utility payment assistance, and other support services.

Other Program Characteristics: One locally based contractor provides services at Worker Center, Seattle.

Program History: Created by the Legislature in 1987, the Reemployment Support Center program provides direct and referral services to people who have recently lost their jobs. The program was originally a response to the timber and salmon crisis in rural counties, as well as large-scale layoffs in urban areas.

Planning Cycle: Every two years.

Outcome Measures: Outcome measures include units of service and client characteristics.

Funding and Regional Division: A Seattle program serving King County is currently in operation and continues to be funded through the Employment Security Department by a budget proviso of the Legislature. Funding for other reemployment support centers in both Port Angeles and Aberdeen (serving Clallam/Jefferson and Grays Harbor/Pacific Counties) was eliminated in the 2013-15 budget and these operations were closed on July 1, 2013.

State Funding: $120,000 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) Employment Security Department Administrative Contingency Fund.

Federal Funding: None.

Statutory Authority: State -3ESSB5034.PL. Administered by the Employment Security Department.

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