Trenton, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor approved a $15.6 million National Emergency Grant to fund Governor Chris Christie’s plan to hire unemployed New Jersey residents to assist with Hurricane Sandy clean-up and recovery efforts in the Garden State.
The plan, submitted for federal funding by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development earlier this week, will give temporary jobs to unemployed residents through local government agencies that need to restore public lands and infrastructure. The USDOL has initially released $5.2 million of the $15.6 million approved. The USDOL will provide additional funding up to the amount approved as New Jersey demonstrates a continued need for the assistance.
“This plan offers another layer of aid to our hardest hit communities while giving some of our out-of-work residents an opportunity for temporary employment. Towns within the disaster area, along with some non-profit organizations, will be able to use the federal funding to bring added workers on to their clean-up and restoration efforts,” said state Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths.
The state Labor Department already has reached out to each of the ten (10) counties included in the federal disaster area declared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to obtain estimates of the number of temporary workers they believe they could use. The state Labor Department’s preliminary application to the USDOL asked for funding of 1000 temporary workers.
Placement of the workers will not begin immediately. The individual counties must first identify relief, restoration and clean-up projects and determine how to deploy the workers.
National Emergency Grants are part of the U.S. Secretary of Labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information on such grants, visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG/.
The counties declared part of the federal disaster areas and eligible for this grant include:
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Job-seekers should report to local One-Stop Career Centers. They also may send e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org , log onto www.Jobs4Jersey.com or call 1-877-682-6238 or 1-800-233-5005. Please be patient if lines are busy.
Additional updates may be found on the Hurricane Sandy icon at: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/
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