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Need Help Building a Self-Employment Assistance Program?

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Self-Employment Assistance

  • Provides another reemployment alternative for unemployed workers
  • Promotes job creation
  • Helps grow state and local economies
What is Self-Employment Assistance?

The Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEA) is designed to encourage and support unemployed workers in creating their own jobs by starting their own small businesses. Under these  programs, States pay a self-employed benefit, instead of regular unemployment insurance benefits, to help unemployed entrepreneurs while they are establishing businesses and becoming self-employed.  It offers UI claimants the opportunity to try out commercial ideas with:

  • The support of experienced mentors and training providers
  • The income security of unemployment insurance

The Department of Labor recently provided guidance on new opportunities for states to develop new SEA programs or enhance current programs.