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Mississippi Receives Grant to Improve Online Systems

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Mississippi Receives Grant to Improve Online Systems

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi was awarded a $940,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced today.  The funding is part of $176.4 million given to 40 state workforce agencies for improving Unemployment Insurance program integrity.


To qualify for the program integrity funding, Mississippi analyzed our Unemployment Insurance program to identify weaknesses that allow improper payment of benefits.   The state will use the grant funds to improve the functions of its state-of-the-art online systems.  In addition, system enhancements will provide better skills matching between people looking for jobs and positions available in the MDES online system.


“Mississippi has invested in technology to make it easier for people receiving unemployment benefits to file online and search for jobs,” said Mark Henry, MDES Executive Director.  “This grant will allow us to expand our safeguards to prevent and detect fraud and other improper payments.  It will also help Mississippians in their search for their next jobs.”


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