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 $171.4 million to help meet the needs of workers in Oklahoma through both Recovery Act and regular appropriations. In addition, Oklahoma shares a $4.8 million multi-state energy training partnership grant.
Department of Labor investments in Oklahoma include:
- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes $31.5 million for Oklahoma:
- $8.7 million for Workforce Investment Act youth activities, including summer youth employment;
- $3.8 million for YouthBuild grants awarded in Enid, Hugo, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa;
- $3.7 million for Workforce Investment Act adult activities;
- $6.0 million for Workforce Investment Act dislocated worker activities;
- $5.4 million for administrative support for unemployment compensation; and
- $3.9 million for Wagner-Peyser Act services.
- The Department is investing $45.8 million in Oklahoma through ETA program year 2010 formula allotments to the state agency and grantees within the state:
- $7 million for Workforce Investment Act youth activities;
- $6.5 million for Workforce Investment Act adult activities;
- $6.9 million for Workforce Investment Act dislocated worker activities;
- $6.9 million for Wagner-Peyser Act services;
- $461,686 for Workforce Information system;
- $1.3 million for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers services;
- $250,378 for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program;
- $1.9 million for the Senior Community Service Employment Program allotment to the state agency;
- $7.4 million for Senior Community Service Employment Program grants to national sponsors;
- $2.6 million for Workforce Investment Act Indian and Native American youth activities; and
- $4.6 million for Workforce Investment Act Indian and Native American adult activities.
- Trade Adjustment Assistance The Department has released an additional $4.2 million to the state of Oklahoma to assist trade-impacted workers. Combined with the original fiscal year 2009 allocations, Oklahoma now has $6.4 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 Grant In December 2009, the Department approved a $250,000 Regional Innovation Grant to assist the Kiamichi Economic Development District of Oklahoma in the development of a comprehensive integrated, strategic regional plan that, when implemented, will counteract the effects of an economic shock.
- On-the-Job Training, National Emergency Grants $652,924 for Oklahoma, $850,357 for the Cherokee Nation, and $236,668 for the Seminole Nation to provide workers affected by layoffs with on-the-job training opportunities so that they can learn while they earn. In addition, grant resources will build the capacity of the workforce investment system to engage in this critical training model in the months and years to come to assist in economic recovery.
- UI Modernization The Department has released $75.9 million in unemployment insurance (UI) modernization incentive funds to the state of Oklahoma. Oklahoma qualified for its full share of the 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) as well as part-time workers and people who become unemployed because of compelling family reasons.
- Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment Grant $1 million for Oklahoma to implement or enhance the Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment Initiative for unemployment insurance recipients. Funds will allow one-stop career centers in Oklahoma to conduct in-person assessments with individuals receiving unemployment compensation and allow for a more focused job search.
- 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 Grant $4 million for It's My Community Initiative 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 Grant Oklahoma shares in a $4.8 million multi-state investment awarded to the Austin Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) to provide training that prepares workers and leads them to job placements in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.
- Green Jobs Veterans' Workforce Investment Program $1 million for East Central University 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 $106,133 for Oklahoma 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.