WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of
Labor today announced a $3 million grant to Minnesota, with an initial
release of $1 million, to create approximately 300 temporary jobs to assist
in the cleanup and recovery efforts taking place as a result of recent
"This $3 million grant will create nearly 300 temporary jobs for
Minnesotans to help in the cleanup and reconstruction of their communities
due to the recent flash flooding," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L.
Chao. "In addition, these funds may also be for job training for workers
who have lost jobs due to the flash floods and need new job opportunities."
On August 23, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared
the counties of Fillmore, Houston and Winona eligible for FEMA's Public
Assistance program as a result of heavy rains that caused flash floods in
those areas. On August 24, FEMA amended the declaration to add the counties
of Olmstead, Steele and Wabasha.
The grant, awarded to the Minnesota Department of Employment and
Economic Development, will be used to create temporary jobs to assist in
projects related to cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and
reconstruction of structures and areas affected by flooding. Workers
eligible to apply for the temporary jobs include those dislocated as a
result of the floods, other dislocated workers, and the long-term
Following the completion of temporary employment projects, funds may
also be used to provide retraining services to workers who are unable to
return to work as a result of the damage caused by the flooding.
National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's
discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet
specific guidelines. For more information on National Emergency Grants,
please visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG.
SOURCE U.S. Department of Labor