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ETA News Release: [04/10/2012]
Contact Name: Gloria Della or Clarisse Young
Phone Number: (202) 693-4679 or x5051
Release Number: 12-0660-ATL

US Department of Labor provides additional funding to assist recovery efforts in North Carolina following Hurricane Irene damage from August 2011

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded a National Emergency Grant increment of $375,200 that will fund 200 temporary jobs for eligible workers to continue cleanup and recovery efforts in North Carolina following Hurricane Irene, which struck in August 2011.

"North Carolina's rural areas have limited public transportation and were severely damaged. Residents in those areas require assistance with continued removal of debris and restoration to public properties," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Jane Oates. "Today's grant sends a clear message that displaced families along the North Carolina coast can depend on the federal government to help them restore their communities."

On Aug. 31, 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared 37 counties eligible for its Public Assistance Program: Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Sampson, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Wilson. More information on designated disaster areas in North Carolina is available from FEMA at http://www.fema.gov/news/eventcounties.fema?id=15532.

In September 2011, the Labor Department awarded a $2 million grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Division of Employment and Training, with $750,000 released initially. Today's increment brings the total funds awarded to date to $1,125,200.

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG/.