Gov. Nixon announces disaster recovery jobs program

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - A job creation grant was announced Wednesday by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.  Nixon announced the $16.5 million in federal grant money that he says will be used to help create more than 1,300 temporary jobs for workers in 29 Missouri counties.

The National Emergency Grant (NEG) will be used to create jobs for those affected by tornadoes, floods and severe storms in 2011, according to the governor's office.

The 29 Counties included in this latest round of funding are: Barry, Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Madison, Miller, Mississippi, New Madrid, Oregon, Ozark, Pemiscot, Polk, Reynolds, St. Francois, Scott, Shannon, St. Louis, Stoddard, Taney, Texas, Washington, Wayne, Webster and Wright.

State officials say the money will create 1,347 additional temporary jobs to assist with the ongoing clean-up efforts, as well as to provide workforce development services to those participants in need of reemployment assistance following the completion of their temporary jobs.

"Our state was hit hard by horrific tornados, severe storms and devastating flooding in the past year, but we remain determined to rebuild and bring damaged communities back to normal," Gov. Nixon said. "Putting folks back to work is a crucial part of that process. This additional investment will significantly expand our Disaster Recovery Jobs Program in the affected counties, making it possible to employ additional Missourians who are temporarily out of work. I urge Missourians in those counties who are looking for work to contact their local career centers today to learn more about this opportunity."

Initially, the program was created for humanitarian and clean up efforts in Joplin and southwest Missouri after tornadoes hit that area in 2011.

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