Harkin Announces Full $17 Million Coming to Create Jobs, Rebuild Iowa Communities

JULY 1ST, 2008 | Harkin for Senate

Senator Harkin today announced that the full $17 million in federal funds directed to the Iowa Workforce Development are now available to create temporary employment in counties that have been affected by the recent severe weather and flooding. Earlier this month, Harkin spoke with Labor Secretary Elaine Chao about an immediate release of $6 million to Iowa. Today’s announcement represents the total amount of funding that was headed Iowa’s way. Harkin is the Chairman of the Senate panel that funds labor initiatives.

This funding will create temporary employment to assist in the clean-up and recovery efforts as a result of the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

“As many Iowans are struggling due to lost jobs, this direct infusion of funding will help workers get back on their feet,” said Harkin. “This program is a double win for our state because it helps our communities clean up in the aftermath of this historic disaster, and creates jobs for Iowans who have lost their jobs because of this crisis.”

Iowans who are unemployed due to the disaster are eligible for these jobs. Each Iowan who is qualified to receive these benefits could receive up to $12,000 for up to 26 weeks. Those interested in employment are encouraged to call 1-800-Job-Iowa.

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