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States Qualifying for Counting Up To Six Additional
of Job Search and Job Readiness
“Under Section 407(c)(2) of the Social Security Act and 45 CFR 261.34, an individual's participation in job search and job readiness assistance can count for a maximum of six weeks in a fiscal year (no more than four consecutive weeks). This can be extended to 12 weeks in a fiscal year if a State has an unemployment rate at least 50 percent greater than the unemployment rate of the United States or if the State meets the definition of a “needy State” under the Contingency Fund provisions of the law. There are two ways for a State to qualify as a “needy State,” one based on its unemployment rate, the other based on increases in its Food Stamp caseload. (See section 403(b)(5) of the Act.) Here is a general description of the two triggers:
The tables below display the official list of States that have qualified for counting up to six additional weeks of job search and job readiness assistance by month.
The full text of the program instruction on this topic, TANF-ACF-PI-2006-04 can be found here: Link to Program Instruction
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