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US DOL announces $57.2M in grants to 12 states to help prepare unemployed, underemployed for jobs in expanding industries

State workforce agencies’ projects will serve more than 10K dislocated workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the award of more than $57 million in grants to support projects in 12 states that support unemployed and underemployed people to access, return to, or advance in high-quality jobs in infrastructure, environment and climate, the care economy and other critical and growing industries.

Administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, the Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy and Training Dislocated Worker Grants will focus on individuals whose employment was affected negatively by the pandemic and workers from historically underrepresented and underserved populations. The grants align with the administration’s Investing in America agenda — including historic investments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, and Inflation Reduction Act — and its efforts to drive an equitable economic recovery and align to business and industry demand.

“Dramatic growth in good jobs is possible and essential to a healthy economy,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Brent Parton. “These grants will help train and support dislocated workers so that they get the skills they need to get back into good-paying, family-supporting jobs.”

The department’s 2023 QUEST Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grants to 12 state workforce agencies will serving about 10,500 participants. The recipients are as follows:


State Amount
California Employment Development Department CA $3,325,000
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment CO $5,000,000
Illinois Department of Commerce IL $5,000,000
Kentucky Department of Workforce Development KY $5,000,000
Maryland Department of Labor MD $3,925,086
Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development MO $5,000,000
Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation NV $5,000,000
New York State Department of Labor NY $5,000,000
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services OH $4,999,577
Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission OR $5,000,000
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation SD $5,000,000
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development TN $5,000,000

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