U.S. Department of Labor Stands Ready to Assist North Carolina in Wake of Hurricane Florence
WASHINGTON, DC – As part of its commitment to state and local partners facing a serious impact by Hurricane Florence, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced it is ready to make available National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding to help North Carolina assess its workforce needs.
"The U.S. Department of Labor is prepared to deploy resources to help North Carolinians who, as a result of Hurricane Florence, find themselves unable to work and without a paycheck," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "The American workforce – along with our volunteers and first responders – is the greatest in the world. As we did during last year's destructive hurricane season, Americans will come together to rebuild their communities. The Department of Labor is here to help ensure the safety and stability of North Carolinians along the way."
DWG funding will be made available to impacted counties to supplement state and local response and recovery efforts. The Department of Labor is monitoring the situation to ensure it is doing everything it can to help North Carolinians and the mobility of the workforce.
Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, DWGs temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker training and employment programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses.