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Workforce department gets dislocated worker, flood relief grants

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Staff Report
Published Nov. 30, 2015

The U.S. Labor Department has awarded a $3.2 million grant to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce for continued flood relief efforts.

The National Dislocated Workers Grant will be used to assist with cleanup, recovery and humanitarian efforts in flood-affected areas. To receive funds, counties must be declared eligible by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There are currently 35 assistance-eligible counties in South Carolina.

“These funds will help communities continue their recovery efforts and will give people the opportunity to work by creating temporary jobs around the state,” said Cheryl Stanton, S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce executive director.

The projects will create temporary jobs, and those eligible for work include individuals who are temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the disaster, as well as recently unemployed workers and long-term unemployed workers. Self-employed individuals who become unemployed or significantly underemployed by the disaster are also eligible.

For more information or to apply for jobs, email Mary Jo Schmick at the Department of Employment and Workforce.

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