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More money to fund training programs for unemployed workers

ALBANY - New York State has been awarded a $6,175,000 federal grant to help unemployed individuals re-enter the workforce. The Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program, administered by the State Department of Labor, will fund training programs for unemployed workers for jobs in high-demand industries. Since October 2010, New York State grant awards totaling $9.8 million in on-the-job training funds have helped 688 businesses hire and train 1,432 workers.

“Helping the unemployed find jobs is one of my administration’s top priorities, and this funding will go a long way to boosting our efforts and putting New Yorkers back to work,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “We’ve seen the success that job training programs have in terms of strengthening the State’s workforce and connecting job-seekers with businesses looking to hire, and I am excited to continue those efforts and create new opportunities for New Yorkers.”

The grant will create and expand business partnerships and fund on-the-job training, apprenticeships and customized training that only a business can supply. The grant will also fund job placement services to help connect unemployed individuals to available jobs. The State Labor Department will target funds to re-employ the long-term unemployed, unemployment beneficiaries likely to exhaust benefits, veterans and foreign-trained immigrant worker populations.

State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera said, “By supporting work-based training models in high-demand sectors, this funding will best serve the skills needs of businesses and help address barriers to re-employment. I encourage all businesses to learn more about how they can take advantage of this great financial assistance.”

The grant will complement the Governor's Unemployment Strikeforce, a new multi-pronged campaign announced in May, to target areas of the state with the highest unemployment rates and boost employment. In partnership with the State Department of Labor, Empire State Development and other public and private partners, the campaign will strategically augment services in Bronx, Jefferson, Lewis and Kings counties through the end of 2014.

The Department of Labor connects businesses to talented workers and available hiring incentives. Any business looking to hire should call 1-888-4-NYSDOL or visit www.labor.ny.gov/hire.  Anyone looking for a job should visit their nearest Department of Labor Career Center, which can be found here: www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator