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New York State Department of Labor

Governor Cuomo Announces $6.2 Million to Fund Training Programs for Unemployed Workers

New York Receives Highest Amount Possible From Federal Government

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Albany, NY (June 26, 2014) -

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has been awarded a $6,175,000 federal grant to help unemployed individuals re-enter the workforce. The Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program, administered by the State Department of Labor, will fund training programs for unemployed workers for jobs in high-demand industries. Since October 2010, New York State grant awards totaling $9.8 million in on-the-job training funds have helped 688 businesses hire and train 1,432 workers.

"Putting New Yorkers who have struggled with unemployment back to work is a top priority that has the potential to improve the lives of workers, families and communities across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "We have seen over the past several years the success that training programs like this have, as growing businesses require a skilled workforce. This funding will help establish the resources people across the state need to confidently reenter the work force and incentivize businesses to hire."

The grant will create and expand business partnerships and fund on-the-job training, apprenticeships and customized training that only a business can supply. The grant will also fund job placement services to help connect unemployed individuals to available jobs. The State Labor Department will target funds to re-employ the long-term unemployed, unemployment beneficiaries likely to exhaust benefits, veterans and foreign-trained immigrant worker populations.

State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera said, "By supporting work-based training models in high-demand sectors, this funding will best serve the skills needs of businesses and help address barriers to re-employment. I encourage all businesses to learn more about how they can take advantage of this great financial assistance."

The grant will complement the Governor's Unemployment Strikeforce, a new multi-pronged campaign announced in May, to target areas of the state with the highest unemployment rates and boost employment. In partnership with the State Department of Labor, Empire State Development and other public and private partners, the campaign will strategically augment services in Bronx, Jefferson, Lewis and Kings counties through the end of 2014.

Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey said, "One of the smartest investments we can make is in New York workers. Grant programs like these, that use federal dollars to help bolster our workforce, are critical to ensuring that our workforce has the training and skills to fill jobs in high-demand industries. As the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, I have fought hard to ensure that programs like New York's Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program receive the federal resources necessary to help New Yorkers get good-paying jobs."

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy said, "One of the best ways to help the American economy is to keep its people on their feet, while working to create American jobs. Job training programs for unemployed workers is one of the keys to guaranteeing that we have skilled workers prepared to enter high-demand job fields and this funding will help ensure that New Yorkers will be successful in these fields."

Congressman Tim Bishop said, "Putting unemployed Americans back to work must be one of our top priorities. Programs aimed at helping to educate individuals so they can fill positions in our ever-changing economy are critical. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his efforts."

The Department of Labor connects businesses to talented workers and available hiring incentives. Any business looking to hire should call 1-888-4-NYSDOL or visit www.labor.ny.gov/hire.

Anyone looking for a job should visit their nearest Department of Labor Career Center, which can be found here: www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator

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