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$27 Million in Funds to Help Workers with Job Training, Placement etc.

Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi are the four states that have been greatly affected by the oil spill at Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a National Emergency Grant of $27 million for the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Hilda L. Solis, the U.S. Secretary of Labor said, “Working families in the Gulf Coast have been dealt a tremendous blow by this oil spill, and they are facing serious long-term challenges. They need and deserve our help now. From the start, we have been actively engaged in ensuring workers tackling the cleanup are kept safe and healthy. These grants will help those still looking for work find jobs that are good, safe and will help the region's economy get back on track."

The four states have been experiencing economic hardship due to the wage decline and job loss in the shrimping, fishing, hospitality and tourism industries. And it is hoped that the funds will help them in recovering as far as possible. Alabama and Mississippi will each receive $5 million. Florida and Louisiana will receive $7 million and $10 million respectively.

The services fund includes skills assessment, basic skills training, individual career counseling and occupational skills training. These will help to increase their capacity to help workers where their safety and health is concerned.

The U S department of Labor has been involved in the Deepwater Horizon response since April and OSHA is deployed all over the Gulf Coast for monitoring the cleanup and to ensure whether BP has provided appropriate worker safety and health training and protections or not.