Department of Labor & Industry, Pennsylvania

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The Department of Labor & Industry is an agency in Pennsylvania.

The purpose of the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is to promote the state's economic development and business climate through program and services such as administering the state's unemployment compensation (UC) benefits and workers' compensation benefits; preparing job seekers for the workforce through employment and training services; providing vocational rehabilitation; and enforcing the state's workforce laws and safety standards.[1]

Budget

Budget information is not available on the department website but can be accessed through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Budget Office. [2]

Summary by Fund (Dollar Amounts in Thousands)

Fund 2009 - 2010 Actual 2010 - 2011 Available 2011 - 2012 Budget
General Fund $89,340 $86,200 $72,269
Special Funds 0 0 0
Federal Funds 917,667 914,512 651,978
Augmentations 49,694 42,740 41,795
Restricted 2,032 2,170 1,907
Other Funds 523,110 461,083 480,158
Total All Funds $1,581,843 $1,506,705 $1,248,107

Program Funding Summary (Dollar Amounts in Thousands)

Program 2009-10 Actual 2010-11 Available 2011-12 Budget 2012-13 Estimated 2013-14 Estimated 2014-15 Estimated 2015-16 Estimated
Community and Occupational Safety and Stability
General Fund $26,054 $25,638 $24,971 $24,971 $24,971 $24,971 $24,971
Special Funds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Federal Funds 5,500 5,536 900 900 900 900 900
Other Funds 2,248 2,393 2,147 2,147 2,147 2,147 2,147
Subcategory Total $33,802 $33,567 $28,018 $28,018 $28,018 $28,018 $28,018
Workers Compensation and Assistance
General Fund $2,360 $2,289 $2,040 $2,040 $2,040 $2,040 $2,040
Special Funds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Federal Funds 113,002 133,847 141,645 141,645 141,645 141,645 141,645
Other Funds 340,565 285,151 319,990 319,990 319,990 319,990 319,990
Subcategory Total $455,927 $421,287 $463,675 $463,675 $463,675 $463,675 $463,675
Workforce Investment
General Fund $14,221 $14,364 $1,613 $1,613 $1,613 $1,613 $1,613
Special Funds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Federal Funds 799,165 775,129 509,433 509,433 509,433 509,433 509,433
Other Funds 49,632 42,687 41,725 41,725 41,725 41,725 41,725
Subcategory Total $863,018 $832,180 $552,771 $552,771 $552,771 $552,771 $552,771
Vocational Rehabilitation
General Fund $46,705 $43,909 $43,645 $43,645 $43,645 $43,645 $43,645
Special Funds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Federal Funds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Funds 182,391 175,762 159,998 200,471 200,471 200,471 200,471
Subcategory Total $229,096 $219,671 $203,643 $244,116 $244,116 $244,116 $244,116
All Programs
General Fund $89,340 $86,200 $72,269 $72,269 $72,269 $72,269 $72,269
Special Funds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Federal Funds 917,667 914,512 651,978 651,978 651,978 651,978 651,978
Other Funds 574,836 505,993 523,860 564,333 564,333 564,333 564,333
Department Total $1,581,843 $1,506,705 $1,248,107 $1,288,580 $1,288,580 $1,288,580 $1,288,580

Programs

Services offered by the department for individuals include Career Planning resources such as Career Guides with employment outlook and wage information; high priority occupation data and occupational wage data; community safety and service information; and job search and job training resources such as the PA CareerLink online system, apprenticeships and training, certification information, and services for mature job seekers and veterans. Individuals can also report UC fraud and agency misconduct and obtain equal employment opportunity information and workers' rights information. Services are also offered to people with disabilities, such as disability determination and interpreter services. Individuals can also seek UC benefits and workers' compensation benefits.[3][4]

Services for employers include compliance and reporting information and assistance, including ADA regulations, workplace safety, labor laws, overtime regulations, equal employment opportunity, and hazardous substance reporting, as well as reporting fraud and reporting new hires; developing a skilled workforce and job training services, including assistance finding skilled workers and workforce information; information regarding the Federal Bonding Program; financial incentives such as tax credits and grants; information regarding starting and operating a business; and UC and workers' compensation services.[5]

Through the department, qualified unemployed workers can obtain unemployment compensation (UC) information and file for claims.[6] Employers can also obtain UC information, including tax information and related documents, file appeals, and report fraud.[7]

Unemployment Compensation data is presented in the department's annual Actuarial Evaluation.[8]

Unemployment Compensation Data

Data 2007 2008 2009
UC-2 Tax Reports filed 190,491 192,611 274,770
UC-2A Wage Reports filed 151,519 221,786 241,373
Individual Wage Details 4,116,043 5,269,171 6,080,708
UC Payments (millions) $379.5 $395.1 $425.9

Unemployment Compensation Claim Activities

Year IUR Initial Claims New Claims Weeks Claimed Waiting Weeks Claimed
2005 3.1 1,148,256 614,444 8,728,555 570,225
2006 3.0 1,176,669 596,054 8,496,746 574,111
2007 3.0 1,250,506 621,639 8,535,079 590,835
2008 3.5 1,445,344 747,708 10,102,236 702,410
2009 6.1 2,026,055 962,106 17,099,144 963,009

Unemployment Compensation Payment Activities

Year First Payments Final Payments Weeks Paid Net Benefits Amount Average Payment Average Duration in Weeks
2005 461,257 139,872 7,671,548 2,039,147,620 265.81 16.6
2006 447,066 133,827 7,346,051 2,030,680,946 276.43 16.4
2007 461,807 131,934 7,458,854 2,149,766,257 288.22 16.2
2008 562,343 166,330 9,035,608 2,754,579,009 304.86 16.1
2009 778,078 348,776 15,354,983 4,828,714,505 314.47 19.7

January 2009 Forecast Compared to Actual Data, Calendar Year 2009 (Dollars in Millions)

Forecast Actual Difference
Beginning UC Trust Fund Balance $980 $980 $0
Ending UC Trust Fund Balance $1 $3 $2
UC Trust Fund Balance as of June 30 $278 $243 -$35
Three Year Average Benefit Cost as of June 30 $2,643 $2,806 $163
Solvency Percentage as of June 30 10% 8% -2%
Revenue $3,283 $3,959 $676
Employer Contributions $1,829 $1,696 -$133
Reimbursable Contributions $210 $230 $20
Employee Contributions $149 $159 $11
Interest $14 $7 -$7
Loans $1,081 $1,867 $786
Disbursements $4,262 $4,936 $674
Regular Benefits $3,848 $4,829 $981
Extended Benefits $0 $0 $0
Reed Act $38 $107 $69
Loan Repayment $376 $0 -$376
Weeks Paid for 2009 12,100,000 15,354,983 3,254,983
Average Weekly Payment $318 $314 -$4

L&I also administers Pennsylvania's workers' compensation benefits, is employer financed insurance granted to employees who have been disabled as a result of a work-related injury or illness.[9] Workers' Compensation data is available in the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety Annual Report 2009.

Workers' Compensation Benefits Paid, 2006-2009, Indemnity and Medical Breakdown

Indemnity Compensation Paid Medical Compensation Paid Total Compensation Paid
2009
Insurance Carriers $1,050,062,249 $893,381,089 $1,943,443,338 (67.8%)
SWIF $179,631,841 $130,223,066 $309,854,907 (10.8%)
Individual Self-Insurers $297,061,327 $253,083,673 $550,145,000 (19.2%)
Group Self-Insurance Funds $31,706,554 $ 31,800,326 $63,506,880 (2.2%)
Total $1,558,461,971 (54.36%) $1,308,488,154 (45.64%) $2,866,950,125 (100%)
2008
Insurance Carriers $1,009,903,757 $876,147,539 $1,886,051,296 (66.1%)
SWIF $218,444,344 $130,188,087 $348,632,431 (12.2%)
Individual Self-Insurers $318,547,152 $240,682,698 $559,229,850 (19.6%)
Group Self-Insurance Funds $29,190,775 $30,632,337 $59,823,112 (2.1%)
Total $1,576,086,028 (55.23%) $1,277,650,661 (44.77%) $2,853,736,689 (100%)
2007
Insurance Carriers $992,862,837 $800,729,087 $1,793,591,924 (65.3%)
SWIF $200,050,570 $142,100,777 $342,151,347 (12.5%)
Individual Self-Insurers $328,441,448 $226,823,493 $555,264,941 (20.2%)
Group Self-Insurance Funds $27,914,824 $28,660,144 $56,574,968 (2.0%)
Total $1,549,269,679 (56.39%) $1,198,313,501 (43.61%) $2,747,583,180 (100%)
2006
Insurance Carriers $972,282,307 $758,614,306 $1,730,896,613 (64.5%)
SWIF $178,666,723 $175,084,404 $353,751,127 (13.2%)
Individual Self-Insurers $326,322,741 $219,232,965 $545,555,706 (20.3%)
Group Self-Insurance Funds $25,587,522 $28,573,993 $54,161,515 (2.0%)
Total $1,502,859,293(55.99%) $1,181,505,668 (44.01%) $2,684,364,961 (100%)

The department also provides labor market data, including County and Labor Market Area data; Equal Employment Opportunity data; county profiles; High Priority Occupation data; Short and Long Term Industry and Occupational Employment Projections; and monthly news releases with an analysis of the current economic conditions for Pennsylvania.[10]

Transparency

Limited general contact information for the department is provided. Contact information for individual administrators and executive staff is not provided.[1]

There is a means of reporting unemployment compensation fraud.[11]

Budget and audit information does not seem to be available. An annual report of the state's unemployment compensation benefits for 2009 is posted.[8]

Right-to-Know information and request procedures are available on the department website/[12]

Unemployment

Per an L&I news release, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) was 7.6% for June 2011, compared to 7.4% for May 2011. The national rate for June was 9.2%.[13]

External links

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