RI gets federal money to help unemployment
Posted: 6/21/2011 1:19:37 PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's congressional delegation says the state will receive over half a million dollars from the federal government to help unemployed Rhode Islanders find work.
The delegation said Tuesday the money will go toward expanding current services for the jobless.
Specifically, it will help the state to assess the strengths of individual Rhode Islanders looking for work and to provide them with job-training referrals and other services.
The latest unemployment figures show Rhode Island's 10.9 percent jobless rate is the third-highest in the country.
Rhode Island is one of 37 states receiving the new funding from the U.S. Labor Department.
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