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Miss. receives $13.4M for job creation, training

A $13.4 million federal grant will be used by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to provide jobs creation and worker training in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the state’s U.S. senators said Thursday.

Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott, both R-Miss., said the Department of Labor grant is a follow to a $50 million award from the agency last year which enrolled more than 7,100 Mississippians in temporary jobs or work training programs.

The two said the money would fund a variety of services, including the creation of temporary jobs that will put people to work on cleanup and restoration projects on public properties, and vocational training designed to return workers displaced by the Aug. 29 storm to full-time employment.

“Getting back to full-time jobs and permanent pay checks is what Mississippians impacted by Katrina most need right now,” Lott said in a statement. “Funding for these vital employment training services is crucial to Mississippi’s recovery.”