New funds to assist long term unemployed residents
Nearly 1,100 long-term unemployed will receive training and support to help them land jobs in high-demand fields through a new $6 million National Emergency Grant.
The new two-year grant adds to $4 million in federal funds recently allocated to address long-term unemployment in the state. Together, some 2,400 Washingtonians will return to work through these initiatives.
“Thousands of smart, motivated Washington workers are still struggling to find jobs during this period of slow recovery,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “We’ve got employers in need of skilled workers and skilled workers in need of jobs – this grant helps us link the two and get people back to work.”
Washington was one of 32 states to receive the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant. Employment Security will distribute the funds to 12 workforce development councils throughout the state. The councils will deliver services to the long-term unemployed through WorkSource centers.
Last year, WorkSource delivered employment and training assistance to more than 240,000 job seekers and served nearly 5,600 Washington employers. Each year, about 140,000 WorkSource customers find jobs.