Recovery Act Helps Laid Off Workers and Low-Income Adults

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 | 07:26 am

Tennessee Programs Increase Participation and Benefits with Recovery Act Funds

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Commissioner James Neeley announced today the availability of training funds to dislocated workers and low-income adults in Tennessee. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides a one-time appropriation to Tennessee of $21.2 million for dislocated workers and $9.2 million to low-income adults to pay for training and support services.  
 
“The training, particularly in emerging occupations, that will be provided with these Recovery Act funds will help prepare unemployed Tennesseans for new jobs at a time when that’s more important than ever,” said Bredesen.
 
ARRA funding is anticipated to increase participation of the dislocated worker program by more than 1,300 (40%) over the number of individuals who received training services last year. Adult services are expected to increase by approximately 2,000 slots, or 20 percent, over last year.
 
“Being out of work is especially difficult in this economic environment,” said Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development James Neeley. “Many laid-off workers and adults haven’t had to worry about updating their skills for years, and this Recovery Act funding provides an opportunity to do just that.”
 
Dislocated workers and low-income adults who qualify for the ARRA funds must apply for the assistance at their local Tennessee Career Center. Individuals are assessed and training opportunities are chosen from a local list of approved training providers. In addition to occupational skills training, Adult Education and literacy preparation are available for earning a GED. Those receiving approved training may also receive travel allowances and child care assistance while they are upgrading their skills.
 
These Recovery Act program funds will be available from April 2009 through June of 2010.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will speed economic recovery, create and save jobs, and provided needed services to Tennesseans. For more information, visit www.tnrecovery.gov or www.recovery.gov, or the Department of Labor’s Recovery Web page at: www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/EconomicFunding.html.
 
 
Local Workforce Investment Area (LWIA)
 
Counties Served
 
Dislocated Worker
 
Adult
1
Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington
1,264,652
503,771
2
Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Sevier, Union
1,161,893
788,675
3
Knox
1,001,816
456,383
4
Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cumberland, Loudon, Morgan, Monroe, Roane, Scott
1,721,743
685,838
5
Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie
2,005,486
811,285
6
Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore, Warren
1,255,300
360,212
7
Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, White
797,532
449,506
8
Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner, Williamson
1,601,703
684,885
9
Davidson, Rutherford, Trousdale, Wilson
2,921,765
1,047,111
10
Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, Perry, Wayne
1,091,024
566,190
11
Benton, Carroll, Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Madison, McNairy, Weakley
1,939,303
755,891
12
Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Lauderdale, Obion, Tipton
1,338,045
440,956
13
Fayette, Shelby
3,178,924
1,659,780
Total
 
21,279,186
9,210,483
 
  
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