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County gets $300K to train jobless

Salinas Californian, December 25, 2008

To help counter an increasing unemployment rate, the Monterey County Workforce Development Board has received a $291,561 job training economic stimulus grant from the state.

The grant to the county comes after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the release of $18 million in federal Workforce Investment Act funds for job training programs statewide.

The county received funds from the $3.4 million third round of economic stimulus grants to be released by the state.

The first state stimulus package went to Southern California; the second went to 15 areas with the highest raw numbers of new unemployment insurance claims.

Monterey County's unemployment rate climbed to 7.1 percent in October, up from 5.3 percent in the same month last year.

The stimulus grant will provide job training, education and placement assistance to county residents who find themselves out of work because of the economic downturn.

"During this national economic downturn we must do everything in our power to help Californians get back to work," Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

"These grants will provide the opportunity for thousands of California workers to receive job training and placement assistance for jobs in expanding industries - helping workers when they need it the most."

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