U.S. Labor Department announced grants totaling $30.8 million to Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to expand their capacity to process claims and expedite unemployment insurance payments for those left unemployed as a result of Hurricane Katrina. This would help the states quickly distribute Unemployment Insurance following the disaster.
Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao said that the nearly $31 million in grants would help Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas expedite unemployment insurance payments through mobile field units, hiring temporary staff, increasing Internet and telephone claims processing and rebuilding damaged facilities.
Alabama gets $1.5 million grant, Mississippi $15.7 million, Louisiana $11 million, and Texas $2.6 million.
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