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La. asks for grant to pay unemployed for cleanup

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Posted: Sep 3, 2012 3:33 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Sep 3, 2012 3:33 PM
Source: La. Workforce Commission

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BATON ROUGE - The state Workforce Commission asked the U. S. Department of Labor for $3.35 million to pay unemployed people to to do cleanup work from Hurricane Isaac.

The National Emergency Grant application would pay for work in 20 parishes, as well as other career counseling and assessment services.

LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink said if approved, the money would pay for about 450 people to do cleanup in the most-affected parishes.

"This grant would fund critical cleanup work to supplement ongoing private, parish and state efforts to recover from Isaac," said Eysink. "Swift approval of this request is important for the cleanup effort and for people who need work."

People directly impacted by the storm would be given priority under the grant. The LWC also has applied to include workers in the affected area who have been unemployed for 10 weeks or longer.

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