Published on political affairs pa, by Joel Wendland, July 1, 2010.
The U.S. Department of Labor this week announced an award of $27 million in National Emergency Grants to four key Gulf Coast states to assist workers displaced by BP’s ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The states are Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.
“Working families in the Gulf Coast have been dealt a tremendous blow by this oil spill, and they are facing serious long-term challenges,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis in a press statement. “They need and deserve our help now.”
“From the start, we have been actively engaged in ensuring workers tackling the cleanup are kept safe and healthy,” Solis added. “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.”
According to the Department of Labor, the funds are being granted to workforce agencies in the four states experiencing economic hardship caused by BP’s oil spill. Workers displaced by wage decline and job loss in the shrimping, fishing, hospitality and tourism industries will be eligible. Alabama and Mississippi each will receive $5 million. Florida will receive $7 million, and Louisiana will receive $10 million … //
… In addition to the grants for displaced workers, the Labor Department created online One-Stop Career Centers where workers can receive information on unemployment insurance and job opportunities posted through the public workforce system. (full text).