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.
Alabama Department of Commerce
Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity
California Department of Employment Development
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Delaware Department of Transportation
Technical College System of Georgia
State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Maine Department of Labor
Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe – White Earth Band
CNMI DOL Workforce Investment Agency Division
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Washington State Department of Employment Security
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
State of Wyoming Department of Workforce Services