State gets additional unemployment money

Wednesday, April 23rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission will get help in its efforts to help Oklahomans who are out of work.

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $1.2 million grant to the agency, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., announced Tuesday.

Under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the Labor Department will provide the funds for the commission to offer employment transition assistance for the unemployed in industries affected by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

About 1,750 workers dislocated from finance, telecommunications, technology, airlines/aviation, aerospace, transportation and food processing and distribution industries are eligible for the program, the agency said.

The participants can get employment transition assistance such as testing, assessment, outreach and intake, counseling, job search and placement assistance.

Participants are from the Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Drumright and Owasso areas.