Employment Help Coming

Thanks to the Federal Stim package.

Mississippi officials hope to parlay $44.3 million earmarked for training programs in the economic stimulus package into job opportunities for the state’s residents.

The money comes as thousands of Mississippians are receiving pink slips and unemployment in January was 9.2 percent.

The amount of money allocated to each state for work-force and job programs under the stimulus package is based on a formula that includes population, unemployment rates, number of economically disadvantaged youth and other factors, according to the Labor Department.

In Mississippi, the money largely will be divided among the state’s four designated work-force regions.

Roughly $22 million will go toward helping displaced workers and other adults seeking assistance and training for finding new jobs.

One potential use could be in helping the state’s WIN Job Centers enhance their on-the-job training programs, in which employers are reimbursed up to 50 percent of a new hire’s wages for up to six months.

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