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ETA News Release: [01/31/2013]
Contact Name: Gloria Della or Laura McGinnis
Phone Number: (202) 693-4679 or x4653
Release Number: 13-0145-NAT

US Department of Labor provides funding to continue temporary jobs for Hurricane Isaac recovery efforts in Mississippi

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1 million National Emergency Grant increment to extend funding for temporary cleanup and recovery jobs in Mississippi following the devastation caused by Hurricane Isaac.

"While much progress has been made in Mississippi, the state continues to recover from the destruction caused by Hurricane Isaac," said acting Secretary Seth D. Harris. "The Labor Department's funding will provide additional assistance to affected communities while also creating temporary employment for local workers."

In the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared 48 counties and one Indian reservation eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program. More information on designated disaster areas in Mississippi is available from FEMA at http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4081/affected-counties.

On Sept. 6, 2012, the Labor Department approved a grant for up to $3 million to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, with $1 million released initially. This latest increment brings the total awarded to date to $2 million. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

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, visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG/.