The United States Department of Labor has granted $800,000 to the state of Mississippi to maintain temporary job programs and provide aid following the extreme weather events comprised of intense storms and tornadoes.

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it will be providing $800,000 in incremental funding to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. This funding will support ongoing disaster-relief employment for residents of Mississippi as the state continues to recover from the severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes that devastated the area in March 2023.

This additional funding comes after the initial award of a National Dislocated Worker Grant of up to $2.1 million, with an initial award of $800,000. This grant will allow the state to provide temporary employment opportunities for debris removal, humanitarian assistance, and clean-up work. The tornadoes and severe storms that hit Mississippi on March 24-25, 2023, resulted in the loss of 21 lives, injuries to residents, and destruction of homes and businesses.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency declared a major disaster on March 26, 2023, which enabled Mississippi to request this funding. The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration will administer this grant, which is supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. These National Dislocated Worker Grants provide financial assistance to expand the service capacity of dislocated worker programs at the state and local levels in the event of large, unexpected economic events that result in significant job losses.  

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