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Below is a summary of today's successful attempt to provide necessary services to the public on St. Thomas without electricity and the use of our office faciities.
Due to the loss of power to the building, tents were set up in the rear parking area and basic services were provided to the public.  Permission was granted by Asst Commissioner Smith of Housing Parks and Recreation for DOL staff to park in GERS parking lot free of charge for the day which allowed space for the public to park in DOL parking area.
(See attached pictures... A Special Thank to staff will go out under separate cover)
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE: 16 employees of the UI division reported to work.

  • 14 Intake forms were completed
  • 44 Regular Certifications
  • 41 EUC Certifications
  • 6 Initial Certifications
  • 1 Employee Separation
  • 2 Eligibility Questionnaires completed
  • Approximately 108 Customers were served

Workforce Development Unit: 17 employees reported for work

  • 16 job Seraches were completed ( 2 new customers to the One Stop and one veteran)
  • 8 Scholarship Determinations/ITA
  • 15 - Summer Checks
  • 4 signed in for LAbor Relations (2 employees for Labor Relations were present)
  • 5 signed in for Unemployment  (referred)

  Approximately 50 customers served
Worker's Compensation: 11 employees reported to work ( with the exception of L. Farrington - dental surgery)

  • 18 Claimants were served as follows:

                  6 - New Claimants
                  7 - Authorizations
                  3 - Information requests
                  2 -  Drop Offs

  • Dr. Bacot's office was given verbal authorization for 6 injured workers

Business Service Unit - Rapid response meeting with HERVE Restaurant
DOL Attendees: J. Commissiong, K. Harley , and Barbara Wheatley

  • 11 attendees received information and BRI, completed their application for UI benefits and for the Workforce Development Unit.  four employees were absent and advise to visit the office at their earliest convenience.
  • 7 new hires registered from Glacial Energy.




This online album has 36 photos on SkyDrive.


Who doesn’t want to tell their government officials or WIB boards that they successfully served WIA clients and therefore passed their negotiated performance targets? Yet, many states have felt that these targets should more accurately reflect their economic conditions and client characteristics. A possible, mutually beneficial solution?


A regression model.


As R.I. is excited to be a part of DOL’s Regression Model Project, I attended a formal kick-off meeting, at DOL’s Washington, D.C. offices, September 16 and 17.  Pilot program states, Regional Office, and Upjohn Institute representatives had a face-to-face opportunity to learn more about the model.


Perhaps more importantly from a state perspective, we had plenty of time to share common experiences and concerns. I heard from others who saw PY09 performance plunge as a result of the Recession or natural disasters. The different styles for negotiating performance rates was eye-opening. R.I. along with others offered additional areas for impacting the model, such as public transportation infrastructure and rural/ urban differences.


We walked away with printed materials (including information as to how the other pilot states currently negotiate performance) to share with our agencies/ WIBs. We agreed that a ‘branding’/ marketing approach was vital for the model’s acceptance within our states and eventually throughout the nation. Valuable contacts made have already provided RI been made use of.


Key elements from this kick-off event which we shared with our WIBs were positively received. All here are excited about the prospects and implications of utilizing the regression model. I personally look forward to additional meetings with all involved, nationally.


Over the past 10 months, the Center for Labor Market Studies of Northeastern University has been engaged in a comprehensive array of research and information gathering activities on the operations and outcomes of the three WIA One Stop Career Centers located in the Metro South/West WIA service delivery area. These three centers were located in Marlborough, Newton, and NorwoodOver the past 10 months, the Center for Labor Market Studies of Northeastern University has been engaged in a comprehensive array of research and information gathering activities on the operations and outcomes of the three WIA One Stop Career Centers located in the Metro South/West WIA service delivery area.

Link to Research:


Strategies for ReEmployment

December 14-15, 2010  Washington, D.C.
The current economy has thrust workforce development into the spotlight. Getting America's workers back into good jobs is more important -- and more challenging -- than ever. Unemployed workers are depending on the workforce system to provide easily-accessible help from day one of their unemployment (or before), until they start their new job... and beyond.  

  • Are you looking for fresh ideas about how to get people back to work? 

  • Do you have a reemployment strategy you're excited to share? 

  • Are you ready to join your colleagues in conversation about delivering truly integrated services? 

Then please join us for two days of engaging workshops, lively discussion, and serious skill-building at the Road to Recovery: Strategies for ReEmployment Conference in Washington, D.C. on December 14-15, 2010.  

Getting America back to work is a big task. Together, we can help workers find jobs today, and prepare for the jobs of the future.  If you're part of the workforce system, including Unemployment Insurance, Trade, Rapid Response, WIA, Employment Service, One-Stop staff, Registered Apprenticeship, and many others, or one of our many employer, economic development, education, government, or community partners, we invite you to join us.

Stay tuned for more information on this important event.
Sponsored by
U.S. Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration

Find out how BLS is measuring "Green"

The Division of Occupational Outlook has published a report on careers in the wind energy industry.


Reports on other areas of green job activity will be forthcoming  Map 2. Facilities currently producing components of turbines, as of year-end 2009

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