Department of Industrial Relations, Alabama
The purpose of the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) is to provide employment services and improve the business climate for Alabama employers. The department is comprised of five divisions with the mission of improving the quality of life of Alabamians: Employment Service (ES), Unemployment Compensation (UC), Workers' Compensation (WC), Labor Market Information (LMI), and Mining and Reclamation
The DIR partners with the state's Career Center System, which provides employment and training services as per the Workforce Investment Act.
As of September 2011, budget information for the department did not seem to be available on the DIR website, but could be accessed on the State of Alabama website.
|Program||Actual FY 2010||Budgeted FY 2011||Requested FY 2012||Increase/(Decrease) From Prior Year Amount (Percent)||Governor's Recommendation FY 2012|
|Employment Security Program||$65,200,815||$78,892,355||$64,560,165||($14,332,190) (18.17)||-|
|Administrative Services Program||$12,877,682||$18,900,151||$15,848,416||(3,051,735) (16.15)||-|
|Small Business Program||$32,494||$250,105||$251,204||$1,099 (.44)||-|
|Industrial Safety and Accident Prevention Program||$6,455,410||$10,097,379||$10,656,535||$559,156 (5.54)||-|
|Regulation Workers Compensation Program||$4,600,934||$5,950,853||$6,086,206||$135,353 (2.27)||-|
|Total Expenditures||$89,167,335||$114,090,843||$97,402,526||($16,688,317) (14.63)||$95,885,858|
Total Budget for Past Five Years
|Fiscal Year||Total Expenditures|
|Fiscal Year 2011||$101,254,438|
|Fiscal Year 2010||$90,954,390|
|Fiscal Year 2009||$90,232,610|
|Fiscal Year 2008||$85,656,545|
|Fiscal Year 2007||$90,643,832|
The DIR also received funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Information about DIR distribution of ARRA funds is provided on the department website.
Funding Received Through the Stimulus Program
|Expansion of Trade Adjustment Assistance Program||$9,961,731|
|Extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program||$178,200,000 est.|
|Increase in Unemployment Compensation Benefits||$75,375,000 est.|
|Special Transfer for Unemployment Compensation Administration||$7,177,000|
|State Unemployment Insurance and Employment Service Operations||$5,093,000|
|Interest Free Loan for Trust Fund Deficit||$270,459,207|
|LMI Improvement Grant - Green Jobs||$1,145,210.00|
Stimulus Funding Cumulative Report
|ARRA Dollars Awarded||ARRA Dollars Received||ARRA Dollars Expended||Jobs Created||Jobs Retained|
The DIR manages the state's unemployment services. Through the department website, unemployed workers can file Unemployment Compensation (UC) claims, file Weekly Claim Certifications, view 1099-G Tax Document Information, and file for High Unemployment Extended Benefits Compensation. The department also posts Alabama unemployment data.
As of April 30 2011, unemployment insurance claim statistics are as follows:
|Category||Current Month||Prior Month||Year-Ago Month||Prior Month (Percent Change)||Year-Ago Month (Percent Change)|
|Number of Payments||132,863||175,037||180,225||-24.1||-26.3|
|Average Payment - Total Unemployment||$207.20||$206.88||$208.91||0.2||-0.8|
|Mid-month Insurance Unemployment Rate||2.4||2.4||3.1||XXX||XXX|
Information regarding worker's compensation and unemployment claims for both employees and employers was also provided. The DIR also offers new hire search services and labor market information (wages and salaries) for Alabama businesses.
The website also advertises job fairs and revelant public events for jobseekers.
The DIR also administers the "Operation Grateful Heart" program, which provides assistance to military personnel reentering the workforce and setting up health benefits.
The site was last evaluated September 2011.
Phone numbers were provided for divisions and services, but email addresses for administrators and direct phone numbers were not posted.
Annual Reports through 2009 were posted.
Public records request information did not seem to be available.
The department's requests for proposals were posted. Vendor contracts and information for the department does not seem to be posted.
Alabama was one of three states that saw an increase in unemployment rates in April 2011. The rate increased a tenth of a percentage point, rising to 9.3 percent. This does not include the impact of job losses resulting from the April 27th tornadoes, which caused approximately $6 billion in damages and thousands of job losses, many temporary due to business closures. Department of Industrial Relations spokesperson Tara Hutchinson noted that more than 5,600 persons applied for unemployment benefits because of the storm.
- Executive Budget Office - Budget Documents
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
- Unemployment Claims
- State Unemployment Rates
- Alabama Job Fairs and Public Events
- Operation Grateful Heart
- Contact Us
- Annual Report
- Fraud in the Unemployment and Workers' Compensation Programs
- Storms stall shaky recovery, May 21, 2011