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January 13, 2010

Labor Department Awards $155 Million to Support Green Jobs

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on January 6 nearly $100 million in green jobs training grants authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The latest round of funding, part of a larger $500 million Recovery Act initiative, will support job training programs to help dislocated workers and others to find jobs in green industries and related occupations. A total of 25 projects will receive grants ranging from approximately $1.4 to $5 million, and about $28 million of the total will support projects in communities impacted by auto industry restructuring. Training activities funded through this grant program will be individually tailored based on occupations and skills identified as in demand in local areas around the country. Training programs will seek to prepare workers for a range of careers, including hybrid electric auto technicians, weatherization specialists, wind and energy auditors, and solar panel installers. See the Labor Department press release and the full list of grantees (PDF 233 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

In November, the Labor Department announced two other categories of grant awards totaling $55 million under the larger Recovery Act initiative: State Labor Market Information Improvement grants and Green Capacity Building grants. The Green Capacity grants, totaling $5.8 million, will increase the training capacity of 62 current Labor Department grant recipients through a variety of strategies, and will offer training opportunities to help individuals acquire jobs in expanding green industries. These grants will help serve underserved communities. And the State Labor Market Information Improvement grants, totaling $48.8 million, will support the collection and dissemination of labor market information, and will enhance the labor exchange infrastructure to provide career opportunities within clean energy industries. Grantees will be able to employ strategies that enable job seekers to connect with green job banks and help ensure that workers find employment after completing training. See the Labor Department press release and the full list of grantees (PDF 390 KB).