Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: Department of Labor gives $27M for affected workers

07/07/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Washington, D.C.—A $27 million National Emergency Grant has been awarded to four states that have been impacted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The grant will be used to help with job training and placement in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, according to a U.S. Department of Labor press release.

The Department of Labor is providing the multi-million dollar grant to help the displaced workers who have been put out of work because of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“Working families in the Gulf Coast have been dealt a tremendous blow by this oil spill, and they are facing serious long-term challenges. They need and deserve our help now,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “From the start, we have been actively engaged in ensuring workers tackling the cleanup are kept safe and healthy. These grants will help those still looking for work find jobs that are good, safe and will help the region’s economy get back on track.”

Workforce agencies will receive the funds because of wage decline and job losses in the shrimping, fishing, hospitality and tourism industries, which have been hit the hardest. Alabama and Mississippi each will receive $5 million, Florida will receive $7 million, and Louisiana will receive $10 million. The grant will help states to “increase their capacity to help workers now while they seek reimbursement from BP for the costs associated with retraining and re-employment assistance. Services funded by the grant money may include skills assessment, basic skills training, individual career counseling and occupational skills training.”

The Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration has opened One-Stop Career Centers, which will supply information to workers on unemployment insurance and job opportunities posted through the public workforce system. For more information call 877-US2-JOBS (872-5627), 877-872-5627 or 877-889-5627 TTY, or visit http://www.careeronestop.org.

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