The U.S. Labor Department is taking on long-term unemployment – which last month affected 3 million Americans – by issuing nearly $170 million in grants to help train, counsel and place job seekers.
Returning workers to long-jobs is “one of the most important pieces of unfinished business from the Great Recession,” Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said during a conference call with reporters Tuesday.
Grants ranging from $3 million to $10 million were awarded to 23 partnerships in 20 states and Puerto Rico.
Recipients include collaborations between nonprofit groups, local governments and employers. Two are in California, including San Francisco Jewish Vocational Services...