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More Than 60 Unemployed to Get El Nino Cleanup Jobs

With the help of $860,000 in federal funds, Orange County will start putting more than five dozen unemployed residents in temporary jobs this week repairing and cleaning up nonprofit facilities damaged by El Nino storms.

The county Board of Supervisors, which formally accepted the Department of Labor’s grant at Tuesday night’s meeting, will pay about $10 an hour to as many as 67 workers through the Community Assistance Program.

The workers will join the public works departments of the county and of several cities.

“This is a perfect example of putting federal dollars to work for an emergency situation,” said Andrew Munoz, work force development director. The county will seek especially any workers who lost their jobs because of El Nino storms, he said.

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The temporary work is expected to end in six months. The county then will help workers find permanent jobs, mostly in the private sector, he said. After past natural disasters, the county also has hired temporary workers and then helped them find permanent jobs, Munoz said.


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