US Department of Labor awards nearly $199M in Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy, Training Disaster Recovery grants

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Supports projects in 15 states, six tribal governments, one territorial government

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of nearly $199 million in dislocated worker grants to support projects that enable unemployed and underemployed people to enter, return to, or advance in high-quality jobs in infrastructure, environment and climate, the care economy and other critical and growing sectors. These grants prioritize individuals whose employment has been negatively impacted by the pandemic and individuals from historically marginalized and underserved populations.

Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy and Training Disaster Recovery grants are being awarded to 15 states, six Indian governments and one territorial government, and serve nearly 15,000 eligible workers. The grants align with the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to provide high-quality jobs and build a skilled workforce, while promoting equitable access for historically disadvantaged communities.

“The pandemic caused extraordinary disruption in our economy and disproportionately harmed people in disadvantaged communities,” said Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “The Biden-Harris administration’s actions fueled a strong recovery and historic economic growth. As we enter new phases in the recovery, we must ensure all communities have the support they need to thrive.”

Authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, Dislocated Worker Grants temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker programs by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses. On July 5, 2022, the department announced the availability of funds for QUEST Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker grants of up to $15 million per applicant. 

A list of Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy and Training Disaster Recovery grant recipients follows this release.

Recipient

State

Amount

Alabama Department of Commerce

AL

$4,425,091

Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity

AZ

$14,999,987

California Department of Employment Development

CA

$13,491,103

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

CO

$6,760,724

Delaware Department of Transportation

DE

$11,025,885

Technical College System of Georgia

GA

$15,000,000

State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

HI

$10,595,171

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

IL

$11,147,910

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

IN

$10,800,000

Maine Department of Labor

ME

$7,023,439

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

MN

$2,888,545

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

MN

$1,000,000

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe - White Earth Band

MN

$1,699,867

CNMI DOL Workforce Investment Agency Division

MP

$7,508,990

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

OH

$9,000,000

Cherokee Nation

OK

$14,999,978

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

RI

$15,000,000

Lummi Nation

WA

$2,137,690

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

WA

$7,524,643

Washington State Department of Employment Security

WA

$15,000,000

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

WI

$15,000,000

State of Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

WY

$1,776,485

Total

$198,805,508

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