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LABOR DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY $10 MILLION GRANT TO FLORIDA

 LABOR DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY $10 MILLION GRANT TO FLORIDA
 ATLANTA, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Labor Secretary Lynn Martin today approved a grant to Florida of $10 million to create 5,000 jobs for workers displaced by Hurricane Andrew.
 "What's most important now is that we move rapidly to help restore order and repair the damage left from this devastating hurricane," said Deputy Labor Secretary Delbert Spurlock. "This grant will enable Florida residents who have lost their jobs because of the hurricane to resume working, ultimately helping their communities rebuild and repair damaged homes and businesses and return to normal as quickly as possible."
 The funds, which will be disbursed by the Florida governor's office, will be used to launch emergency clean-up efforts and restore public services disrupted by the hurricane. A portion of the grant -- $3 million -- will be available immediately, and the remaining $7 million will follow once Gov. Lawton Chiles supplies a detailed plan for using the funds.
 The grant is available through emergency provisions of Title III of the Job Training Partnership Act. It is similar to assistance offered in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo and the San Francisco Bay area earthquake and utilizes the experience the department has in disaster relief efforts.
 The $10 million may be used to employ workers dislocated by Hurricane Andrew to:
 -- clean up;
 -- restore public utilities and rebuild public facilities such as beach erosion;
 -- provide needed public services such as distributing food and water and operating emergency shelters, and
 -- augment existing public employees where needed to provide public safety and health services.
 Florida residents who lost their jobs due to the hurricane also may be eligible for unemployment insurance or disaster unemployment assistance. Both provide weekly unemployment payments.
 The Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security will take applications for the emergency grant jobs, for unemployment insurance and for disaster unemployment benefits in local offices.
 Labor Department officials are working closely with Florida state offices to make sure the funds and services flow as smoothly as possible. The department will dispatch a team of national and regional specialists to assist Florida state and local officials set up the management and delivery of the emergency services.
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 /CONTACT: Carol McCain of the United States Department of Labor, 202-523-2328/ CO: United States Department of Labor ST: Florida IN: SU:


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