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 $27.6 million to help meet the needs of workers in North Dakota through both Recovery Act and regular appropriations. In addition, North Dakota shares a $3.9 million multi-state award for clean energy state labor market information improvements.
Department of Labor investments in North Dakota include:
- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes $10.1 million for North Dakota:
- $2.9 million for Workforce Investment Act youth activities, including summer youth employment;
- $1.0 million for a YouthBuild grant awarded in Belcourt;
- $1.2 million for Workforce Investment Act adult activities;
- $916,452 for Workforce Investment Act dislocated worker activities;
- $1.0 million for administrative support for unemployment compensation; and
- $3.0 million for Wagner-Peyser Act services.
- The Department is investing $16.3 million in North Dakota through ETA program year 2010 formula allotments to the state agency and grantees within the state:
- $2.3 million for Workforce Investment Act youth activities;
- $2.1 million for Workforce Investment Act adult activities;
- $690,086 for Workforce Investment Act dislocated worker activities;
- $5.3 million for Wagner-Peyser Act services;
- $289,915 for Workforce Information system;
- $608,709 for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers services;
- $66,000 for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program;
- $721,184 for the Senior Community Service Employment Program allotment to the state agency;
- $2.8 million for Senior Community Service Employment Program grants to national sponsors;
- $385,015 for Workforce Investment Act Indian and Native American youth activities; and
- $1 million for Workforce Investment Act Indian and Native American adult activities.
- Trade Adjustment Assistance The Department has released $778,000 to North Dakota to assist trade-impacted workers. 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).
- Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment Grant $309,260 for North Dakota to implement or enhance the Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment Initiative for unemployment insurance recipients. Funds allow one-stop career centers in North Dakota to conduct in-person assessments with individuals receiving unemployment compensation and allow for a more focused job search.
- Green Jobs State Labor Market Information Improvement Grant $3.9 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. As a consortium member, North Dakota will partner on issues with a regional, multi-state or national impact.
- Mine Safety and Health Administration's State Health and Safety Training Grant $57,639 for North Dakota 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.