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A Management Review of the Department of Employment and Workforce
May 2014

REPORT (PDF)    SUMMARY (PDF)

Section 112 of Act 146 of 2010 requires the Legislative Audit Council to conduct periodic management audits of the Department of Employment and Workforce’s finance and operations. Our objectives were to:

  • Provide a detailed accounting of the revenues and expenditures from the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund since 2000.
  • Determine the adequacy of the process for notifying state officials of the financial status of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.
  • Assess alternatives for maintaining the solvency of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.
  • Examine the unemployment eligibility benefit process for efficiency and compliance with law and agency policy.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Department of Employment and Workforce's programs for assisting claimants in returning to work.

The Department of Employment and Workforce (formerly the Employment Security Commission) was established in 1936. DEW is responsible for paying unemployment insurance benefits, collecting unemployment taxes, assisting individuals in finding employment, finding employees for companies, and collecting and disseminating state and federal employment statistics.