Geographic Solutions is helping the State of Louisiana modernize its unemployment benefits system by connecting it to the state’s Virtual OneStop system. Louisiana’s new platform – Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HIRE)– will serve as a bridge to reemployment as well as ensure accurate unemployment insurance benefits by helping to detect fraud and minimize overpayments. The bridged site is set to go live by the end of December 2012. HIRE, powered by Geographic Solutions’ Reemployment Exchange (REX), integrates the state’s legacy UI system with the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Virtual OneStop site and Louisiana’s labor market information. Claimants will visit one website with one log-in and have access to both UI benefits, labor exchange and labor market information. The system, a first of its kind, will monitor and ensure that claimants are fulfilling work search requirements while simultaneously providing job opportunities and labor market information that aid the claimant in their search for reemployment. Immediately upon signing on for unemployment benefits, the claimant will be provided with a list of suitable jobs within their area. The system can also send internal messages, emails, and text messages of job openings and job search requirements. HIRE provides the claimant all of the tools necessary to land a suitable, good-paying job. Not only does HIRE assist the claimant, it also offers valuable information to employers who are looking to find qualified employees who meet their needs. HIRE does all of this while providing staff the ability to track the claimant's efforts and offer assistance and guidance when necessary. HIRE evaluates claims in real-time – providing claimants, employers and staff up-to-the-minute information. The system’s coordination of seamless customer service for employers, claimants, and staff is of paramount importance. Phase Two of the project is set to launch in 2013, and involves the transition to the Geographic Solutions Unemployment System (GUS). The GUS system is a more comprehensive approach to reemployment in that it moves away from linking to a legacy UI system and moves towards one comprehensive site which handles unemployment claims and registration of claimants, workforce exchange/job placements, and UI benefits. For more information on the modernization of the Louisiana unemployment and workforce systems, visit http://www.geographicsolutions.com/solutions-unemployment-program.asp or contact Deane Toler, Marketing Manager, Geographic Solutions (888-710-4867) or Mark Hodges, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Louisiana Workforce Commission (225-342-6001). Louisiana's new platform – Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HIRE) – will serve as a bridge to reemployment as well as ensure accurate unemployment insurance benefits by helping to detect fraud and minimize overpayments. The bridged site is set to go live in early January 2013. Recently, the HIRE site made the local news for Louisiana. Check out the news broadcast here: http://www.wbrz.com/videos/system-is-an-on-line-classifieds-linking-employees-to-employers/ Geographic Solutions, Inc. is a rapidly-growing software development company based in Palm Harbor, FL. Geographic Solutions is the nation’s leading provider of software solutions for workforce development, employment, and training. The Company has developed state-of-the-art systems for employment and workforce development agencies for more than 30 states. Our software is now available to over 75% of the job seekers and employers in the country.