29 Jun 2012

US labor department awards grant for tsunami workers

10:20 am on 29 June 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a half a million dollar National Emergency Grant supplement to continue the re-employment and training for workers hired temporarily to help with cleanup and recovery efforts following the tsunami that hit American Samoa nearly 3 years ago.

The Labor Department approved a grant of more than 25 million dollars for the American Samoa Department of Human Resources soon after the disaster.

Eight milllion was released initially, to fund temporary jobs for individuals to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts.

In April two years ago funding of more than 16 million dollars was awarded to fund the temporary jobs as well as to provide training to help workers transition to unsubsidised employment.