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WASHINGTON, D.C. - UPDATE:

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said June 26 WorkForce West Virginia will receive $6,175,000 in funding through the Department of Labor’s Job-Driven (JD) National Emergency Grant (NEG) program for statewide job-training opportunities in West Virginia.

Key industries include construction and oil and gas, and veterans will be given top priority of service.

“Too many hard-working and dedicated West Virginians and Americans across our country are still struggling to find and keep good-paying jobs because of our stagnant economy,” Manchin said in a news release. “This funding will help expand job training programs that will not only provide workers with the information they need to find job openings, but also will help them develop the skill sets necessary to fill those open positions.”

Funding will be used to provide services, such as coaching, counseling and direct job placement, that will help connect workers seeking employment, including the long-term unemployed, with available, good-paying jobs. WorkForce West Virginia will also use the funding to create and develop partnerships between workforce and industry organizations and to coordinate with other programs in order to train and place workers.

In addition, the program has awarded up to $175,000 for recipients to participate in activities in one or more of the following areas to better serve dislocated workers:

• Increasing consumer access to training outcomes and information;

• Developing more effective electronic employment tools;

• Expanding employer engagement; and

• Enhancing customer and employer satisfaction.

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced June 25 WorkForce West Virginia will receive $191,863 in federal funding.

The funding will come through the Re-Employment and Eligibility Assessments program (REA) administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) to help West Virginians who are out of work find employment opportunities, according to a news release.

“The longevity of this stubborn economic slump has left many West Virginians still struggling to find good-paying jobs,” Manchin said. “This grant gives WorkForce West Virginia the necessary funding to continue helping unemployed West Virginians by providing them with the tools they need to fill open positions.”

The funding will be used to conduct in-person assessments at WorkForce West Virginia. The assessments will include:

Developing individual re-employment plans for each applicant; Providing labor market information that corresponds to the applicant’s job skills, employment prospects and location; Reviewing the applicant’s eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits; and Providing a referral to relevant re-employment or job training services. The Department of Labor awarded $68,745,912 to American Job Centers in 37 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. The REA program helps reduce the number of weeks unemployment insurance benefits are claimed by advancing the re-employment of claimants.