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January 1996

Change in State unemployment insurance legislation in 1995

Diana Runner

Michigan and Oregon made extensive modifications to their laws; among the States generally, changes requiring claimants to participate in reemployment services were predominant. Nineteen States amended their unemployment insurance laws to require that, as a condition of eligibility for benefits, an individual must participate in reemployment services, such as job search assistance, if he or she is determined through a profiling system to be likely to exhaust regular benefits. The profiling system is designed to assist individuals in making a successful transition to new employment. This article is a summary of some of the significant changes by individual States.

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