Richmond, Virginia (WRIC) – Virginia will receive a $ 6.8 million grant to improve its anti-unemployment system, the Federal Department of Labor announced Tuesday.
Virginia is the recipient of the largest of four grants totaling $ 20.5 million to expand the state’s fair access to unemployment. Pennsylvania, Oregon and Washington, D.C., also received grants for their own unemployment systems.
“Throughout the pandemic, the unemployment insurance system has been a vital lifeline for millions of workers, but too many workers have struggled to get quick help,” said Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.
The money is aimed at “improving public awareness and service delivery,” and the grant can be used to “reduce the backlog of the state’s workload” – a priority for Virginia, which is under court ruling due to large backlogs in the outdated state system.