The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (The Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. The Department of Labor is investing $333.2 million to help meet the needs of workers in Minnesota through both Recovery Act and regular appropriations. In addition, Minnesota shares a $2.1 million multi-state energy training partnership grant.
Department of Labor investments in Minnesota include:
- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes $64.4 million for Minnesota:
- $17.8 million for Workforce Investment Act youth activities, including summer youth employment;
- $2.5 million for YouthBuild grants awarded in Bemidji, Cass Lake, and St. Paul;
- $7.0 million for Workforce Investment Act adult activities;
- $21.0 million for Workforce Investment Act dislocated worker activities;
- $9.3 million for administrative support for unemployment compensation; and
- $6.9 million for Wagner-Peyser Act services.
- The Department is investing $74.5 million in Minnesota through ETA program year 2010 formula allotments to the state agency and grantees within the state:
- $14.3 million for Workforce Investment Act youth activities;
- $12.5 million for Workforce Investment Act adult activities;
- $18 million for Workforce Investment Act dislocated worker activities;
- $12.2 million for Wagner-Peyser Act services;
- $606,706 for Workforce Information system;
- $1.2 million for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers services;
- $267,248 for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program;
- $2.8 million for the Senior Community Service Employment Program allotment to the state agency;
- $11.1 million for Senior Community Service Employment Program grants to national sponsors;
- $244,155 for Workforce Investment Act Indian and Native American youth activities; and
- $1.3 million for Workforce Investment Act Indian and Native American adult activities.
- Trade Adjustment Assistance The Department has released an additional $6.4 million to the state of Minnesota to assist trade-impacted workers. Combined with the original fiscal year 2009 allocations, Minnesota now has $9.3 million in TAA funding available. Through Trade Adjustment Assistance, workers can receive job training, income support, job search support, health insurance assistance, and wage supplements (in the case of certain reemployed trade-affected workers who are 50 years of age and older).
- National Emergency Grants Since the start of this Administration, the Department has released a total of $15.7 million through seven National Emergency Grants in Minnesota. Two grants are creating approximately 190 temporary jobs related to the Red River flood recovery effort and to continued clean-up efforts as a result of past flash floods. Five grants will assist more than 4,000 workers affected by layoffs at Seagate Technology, Target, IBM, Celestica, Hutchinson Technology, BAE Systems, Northwest Airlines, and in the declining automotive industry.
- UI Modernization The Department has released $130.1 million in unemployment insurance (UI) modernization incentive funds to the state of Minnesota. Minnesota qualified for its full share of total UI modernization funds available under the Recovery Act by enacting new provisions that assist recent entrants to the workforce (by allowing workers to use their more recent earnings to qualify for benefits) and assist part-time workers and people who become unemployed because of compelling family reasons.
- Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment Grant $2.3 million for Minnesota to implement or enhance the Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment Initiative for unemployment insurance recipients. Funds will allow one-stop career centers in Minnesota to conduct in-person assessments with individuals receiving unemployment compensation and allow for a more focused job search.
- Health Care and High Growth Training Grants $5 million for the American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center, $4.2 million for Pine Technical College, and $4.5 million for South Central College to deliver training that leads to employment in the health care industry, plus $5 million for Northland Community and Technical College to deliver unmanned aircraft systems training.
- Green Jobs State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grant $6 million to provide workers with technical and occupational skills necessary to obtain industry-recognized credentials in the green economy and to support statewide energy efficiency strategies. Funds from this award will serve communities impacted by auto industry restructuring.
- Green Jobs Pathways Out of Poverty Grants $4 million for the City of Minneapolis and $3.1 million for the White Earth Band of Chippewa to help disadvantaged populations find ways out of poverty and into economic self-sufficiency through employment in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.
- Green Jobs Energy Training Partnership Grants $5 million for the Blue Green Alliance to provide training that prepares workers and leads them to job placements in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. Funds from this award will serve communities impacted by auto industry restructuring. In addition, Minnesota shares in a $2.1 million multi-state investment awarded to E.C.I.A. Business Growth, Inc.
- Green Jobs State Labor Market Information Improvement Grant $1.2 million to improve labor market information, which will be the foundation to build and implement effective workforce development strategies for energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.
- Green Jobs Veterans' Workforce Investment Program $815,098 for RESOURCE, Inc. to provide occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search, placement assistance and follow-up services for veterans.
- Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program $720,000 for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans to provide occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search, placement assistance and follow-up services for homeless veterans.
- Mine Safety and Health Administration's State Health and Safety Training Grant $269,624 for Minnesota to provide federally mandated training to miners. The grants cover training and retraining of miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, including miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand and gravel mining operations.