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The U.S. Department of Labor National Emergency grant fund will give the state an additional $242,000 to assist with the clean-up of area affected by Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm grateful for the continued support we have received from the Department of Labor," Tomblin said. "This supplemental funding will assist us in continuing to rebuild and restore our hometown while helping to put West Virginians back to work."

The grant will help the affected areas from the superstorm that occurred between Oct. 29 and Nov. 8, 2012.

Last fall, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared 18 West Virginia counties eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program following damage caused by heavy snowfall associated with Sandy. In December 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor granted a $300,000 grant to WorkForce West Virginia to create temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to assist with the clean-up and recovery efforts as a result.

This additional grant funding serves Barbour, Preston, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties and will provide for the continuation of employment for eligible dislocated workers as they continue to assist with the repair, renovation and reconstruction of damaged public facilities and lands within the affected communities.

For more information, contact WorkForce West Virginia at 1-800-252-5627.