Full Employment Award

Annually, the Institute selects a winner of its Full Employment Best Practices Award. The award is given to a state Unemployment Insurance agency, workforce agency or individual best exemplifying a commitment and dedication to reemployment of UI claimants.


2020 Full Employment Best Practices Award

February 3, 2021

Congratulations to the winners of our 2020 Full Employment Best Practices Award: the Georgia Department of Labor and the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

This award is given to states or individuals exhibiting an exceptional commitment to helping job seekers return to work.

Despite having to handle an exponential increase in unemployment insurance (UI) claims amid the most devastating economic crisis since the Great Depression, both states were able to not only sustain but strongly improve their reemployment initiatives.

Georgia focused on four key initiatives:

  • Quickly converting RESEA to 100% virtual
  • Optimizing online services for employee recruitment and rapid response
  • Reinstating work search requirements in early August
  • Incentivizing work by increasing the wage allowance to $300

Missouri emphasized:

  • Maintaining and modernizing the RESEA engagement and enhancing completion rates
  • Reinstating work search requirements in July
  • Integrating the state’s online claim system and real-time job information system
  • Reassessing all reemployment practices and implementing virtual processes

You can read the details of each state’s initiatives at:

Georgia Department of Labor 
Award Details
Press Release

Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations
Award Details
Press Release

Previous Winners

2019 WinnerOhio
2018 Winner
Larry Temple
2017 WinnerIndiana
2016 WinnerNebraska
2015 WinnerWisconsin
2014 WinnerNevada
2013 WinnersLouisiana and Mississippi
2012 WinnersUtah and Arkansas
2011 Winner – No viable candidates.

2010 WinnerUtah
2009 WinnerTexas
2008 WinnerGeorgia


2021 Award Nominations
States nominating themselves for our 2020 award, can read our guidance here and download our form (PDF format | Word format). For questions, email info@fullemployment.org.