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Hawaii awarded $700K to help unemployed find work

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U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa announced Monday Hawaii will receive $703,100 in grant awards from the U.S. Department of Labor to help put unemployed individuals back to work.

"This funding will be of great benefit to Hawaii," Hanabusa said, "and I am grateful to the Department of Labor for helping get our state's unemployed back to work.

"We know that changes in the workplace have made it harder for some workers to find employment. In addition to helping our local economy, the individualized attention and local-market information that will be available under this grant will make it more likely that those who have encountered these problems will have the satisfaction of finding good employment. I believe this is an excellent investment in our community."

The funds will be used to provide individuals who receive unemployment benefits with personalized, re-employment plans based on their career interests and local labor market information.

Participants are able to receive referrals to job assistance services and training by the American Job Center. The program also performs a complete review of the participants' unemployment insurance benefits to help reduce incidences of improper payments.

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