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Dept. of Labor: State Created More than 19,000 Job Opportunities

State of Tennessee Press Release; Dec. 17, 2010:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley today released figures showing widespread benefits to Tennessee communities from the past year’s grants and training efforts. The reports show that in 2010, 19,296 Tennesseans got the opportunity to work through efforts of the workforce system in both private and government funded positions. The figures are based on information submitted to the Workforce Development Board today in Nashville which provides oversight of the Workforce Development system inTennessee.

“Federal training grants and subsidies have been a lifeline for employers during the worst of economic times, helping to retain jobs and stimulate employment growth,” Commissioner Neeley said. “These grant proposals represent a significant layoff avoidance strategy, and scores of businesses across the state have been able to tap into these grants.”

The new figures, compiled by the Tennessee Department of Labor, show that Workforce Development efforts created or retained 19,296 jobs including the following:

• On-the-Job (OJT) training contracts created 5,702 jobs with 28 Tennessee employers

• National Emergency OJT grant awarded in October will create 512 jobs targeting dislocated workers

• Incumbent Worker Training Grants saved 3,321 jobs through 54 grants at $368/trainee

• 9,761 temporary government subsidized jobs were created

? Partnering with Dept. of Human Services, 1,045  jobs were created in five high unemployment counties including Hancock, Scott, Perry, Marshall and Lauderdale

? ARRA/Summer Youth Program created 7,858 full time equivalency jobs

? Title V, Older Americans Programs created 291 part-time temporary jobs

? National Emergency Flood Grants created 567 temporary jobs

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Workforce Development division serves Tennessee’s employers and employees through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) using federal funds for eligible adults, dislocated workers and youth. For information on Workforce Development services visit their Internet site at or find the nearest Tennessee Career Center Online at

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