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...