Excellence Awards for State Unemployment Agencies

The US Department of Labor employs “UI performs” to manage the performance of the system across states. The goal of UI Performs is cooperative management, planning and oversight leading to increasingly effective, consistent, efficient service to workers and employers.

Dept. of Labour has announced the winners of 2013 awards and here are the States that performed well and recognized with an award:

2013 UI Performance Award Winners

 

Note: Hover around the State to get the award details.

Performance Excellence in Appeals Decisions

  • Georgia Department of Labor
  • Utah Department of Workforce Services
  • South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

Performance Excellence in Benefit Payments

  • Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  • Utah Department of Workforce Services
  • South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

Performance Excellence in Tax Operations

  • New York Department of Labor
  • Utah Department of Workforce Services
  • Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training

Congratulations to Utah for earning 3 awards!! Next in the standings was South Dakota which won 2 performance awards.

Awards Criteria

To complete the review circle, the Performance Excellence Awards honour those states that have attained the best performance across the Nation in key areas of the unemployment insurance program based on the following attributes.

  •  Timely and high-quality appeals decisions;
  • Timely, proper, and high-quality eligibility decisions and benefit payments;
  •  High quality tax operations

About Awards Program

UI operations are comprised of benefit eligibility determinations, payments or denials, an accessible appeals system, employer wage reporting and tax collection and trust fund management.

The UI Performs system comprises of two performance tracking categories. The first category is Core Measures, which encompasses oversight on key performance areas of the entire unemployment insurance system. In the second category, the federal partner maintains Management Information data to facilitate analysis of performance and to assist in planning corrective activities when necessary.

Issues pertaining to performance is taken care by a quality system known as State Quality Service Plans (SQSP).

The overall role of the state labor departments in administering the UI programs has been under constant scrutiny for its performance. UI state performance excellence awards is an annual event hosted by the US department of Labor (Employment and training Administration) to recognize and honor states that have stood tall on grounds of excellence.

As outlined in Training and Employment Notice 02-08, changes have been made to the UI Performance Recognition system beginning with the 2008 performance year. These changes allow for recognition to the top-performing agency from small states, medium-sized states, and large states.

Small States

Alaska, Delaware,  District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia &  Wyoming.

Medium Sized States

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington & Wisconsin.

Large States

California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey , New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

To learn more more about the program visit Dept. of Labor Website

About Unemployment Insurance Program

Unemployment insurance is a federal-state program jointly financed through federal and state employer payroll taxes (federal and state UI taxes).With a mission to assist unemployed citizens during times of hardships, the US department of labor has laid a framework for administration of UI across the country. Each of the 50 states has their own unemployment insurance programmes plus one each in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and United States Virgin Islands.


Unemployment benefits are generally given only to those registering as unemployed, and often on conditions ensuring that they seek work and do not currently have a job. Over the years, due to economic and other social conditions that have prevailed, the role of state agencies disbursing unemployment compensation has become pivotal.

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