The Department of Labor has allocated almost $3.8 million to Florida to extend assistance for temporary jobs and workforce training following Hurricane Ian.

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $3.75 Million in Funding for Hurricane Relief and Workforce Training in Florida

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the incremental award of $3,750,000 in funding to support ongoing disaster-relief employment and workforce training for eligible residents in Florida. This funding comes as the state continues to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Ian.

Initially, on October 17, 2022, the department awarded a National Dislocated Worker Grant of $15 million to the Florida Department of Commerce. This was followed by an incremental award of $7.5 million on October 2, 2023. Now, with this latest award, the total amount of funding provided to Florida for hurricane relief and workforce training has reached $26.25 million.

The purpose of this funding is to provide temporary jobs for debris removal, humanitarian assistance, and clean-up work. It also supports career and training services for workers in the affected areas. Hurricane Ian made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane along Florida’s southwest coast in September 2022, causing widespread damage with high winds, storm surges, and flooding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a major disaster declaration on September 29, 2022, which allowed the state to request federal assistance for recovery efforts. This funding, administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration and supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, aims to expand the service capacity of dislocated worker programs at the state and local levels in the wake of large, unexpected economic events that result in significant job losses.

The Department of Labor remains committed to supporting the recovery efforts in Florida and providing assistance to those affected by Hurricane Ian. This incremental award of $3.75 million is just one step in the ongoing efforts to help the state and its residents rebuild and move forward.  

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