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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

UI

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TEUDPR

ISSUE DATE

June 17, 1998

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

December 31, 1998

DIRECTIVE

:

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM LETTER NO. 33-98

 

TO

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ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES

 

FROM

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GRACE A. KILBANE
Director
Unemployment Insurance Service

 

SUBJECT

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Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Employment Service (ES) Dialogue Materials

 

  1. Purpose. To circulate the UI/ES Dialogue paper and encourage participation in the dialogue and the submission of comments.

  2. Background. On March 13, Secretary Herman announced the beginning of a year-long UI/ES Dialogue--a public interchange on the role, effectiveness and design of the Unemployment Insurance and Employment Service programs. Recent years have seen rapid changes in the economy and in the workforce, accompanied by movement in several key indicators of UI activity and outcomes including long-term downtrends in recipiency, wage replacement, and Trust Fund solvency rates. These indicators suggest that UI and ES may be playing a diminishing role in economic activity generally and the labor market in particular. These findings call for a broad reevaluation of the Employment Security system's impact and of whether the UI and ES programs are performing as they should to achieve their stated mission into the 21st century.

  3. The Dialogue Paper. The centerpiece document for the dialogue is the attached paper, A Dialogue: Unemployment Insurance and Employment Service Programs. The Department of Labor wishes to circulate this paper widely to ensure that as many interested parties as possible participate in the conversation on the proper shape and role of these two key elements of the workforce development system. The Dialogue paper concisely states the major facts and issues on which public comment is desired. It should be read in conjunction with its two accompanying items. The first, an introduction, sets the stage and poses several questions related to key dialogue issues. The second is the Technical Supplement--a more detailed treatment of the basis for the dialogue issues.

  4. Submission of Comments. All interested individuals and organizations are encouraged to participate in Dialogue sessions and submit written comments on the dialogue issues. The Dialogue paper includes instructions for the submission of comments and requests them by August 7, 1998.

  5. Action Required. Please make the attached Dialogue materials available to all interested staff and encourage them to submit comments as desired in accordance with instructions in the Dialogue paper.

  6. Inquiries. Direct questions to the appropriate Regional Office.

  7. Attachment.  ES/UI Dialogue Materials: Introduction, Dialogue Paper, Technical Supplement