GOVERNOR PATRICK, CONGRESSMAN TIERNEY ANNOUNCE $8 MILLION IN FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS FOR RE-EMLPOYMENT PROGRAMS STATE WIDE
Funds to provide resources for unemployed; support state's one-stop career centers
As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state's economic future, Governor Deval Patrick today joined Congressman John Tierney at the North Shore Career Center of Lynn to announce $8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for the Commonwealth to invest in Re-employment Services (RES) programs statewide. The Commonwealth has received $4 million for this fiscal year to support RES programs in its 37 One-Stop Career Centers, and it is scheduled to receive an additional $4 million in ARRA funds for the next fiscal year.
"We need to help people get the skills to do the jobs of tomorrow," said Governor Patrick. "Thanks to Congressman Tierney and the entire congressional delegation, these funds will help us do that."
"This is a lifeline for the thousands of unemployed Massachusetts workers who have been struggling to stay afloat. This smart investment will give workers the resources and guidance necessary to make a fresh start. I am pleased that Governor Patrick continues to make employment initiatives a priority in our state's ongoing economic recovery efforts," said Senator John Kerry.
"Our one-stop Career Centers are the heart of our Commonwealth's recovery plan," said Senator Paul G. Kirk, Jr. "These federal funds mean a significant boost for job training and job placement. As our Commonwealth and our nation struggle to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression, I commend Governor Patrick for making it a top priority to give our hard-working citizens the support they need to find employment."
"The re-employment services program will allow the North Shore Career Center to identify and assist more individuals who want and need very intensive job search support. Along with hiring more staff members, these funds will also enable the center to expand its workshop portfolio so that job-seekers can focus one-on-one with experts on re-training options and career coaching," said Congressman John Tierney. "When Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, it focused on jobs and getting people back to work. I am pleased that the Commonwealth has found innovative ways, such as those at the North Shore Career Center, to utilize the retraining money we fought so hard to include in the legislation."
RES programs are currently taking place at the One-Stop Career Centers statewide. These programs support the unemployed by offering job seekers skill assessments, job search techniques, and resume development workshops. RES programs are tailored to each Career Center's customer base and include: comprehensive job search inventories, career action plans, exploring options to upgrade customers' current skills, connections to community resources, redesigned Career Center curriculum, support groups, and more. The ARRA allocations also allow the One-Stop Career Centers to expand their programs to include specialized job recruitment to businesses and provide job referrals to customers.
North Shore Career Center of Lynn is one of the state's 37 One-Stop Career Centers. It serves the North Shore workforce area, which consists of Lynn, Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, and Wenham.
"The federal Recovery Act funding that has been awarded to Massachusetts will ensure that re-employment programs are available all around the Commonwealth," said Congressman Edward Markey. "This will help ensure that those who are currently looking for a job can better connect with companies seeking to hire new employees."
"This is another example of stimulus funds at work," said Congressman Mike Capuano. "These funds will make resume development, employment counseling and other resources available for workers who have lost their jobs during these difficult economic times."
"The unemployment rates in some of our neighborhoods in Boston and Brockton are almost twice the national average" said Congressman Stephen Lynch. "So I am pleased to see these funds being used to boost services to unemployed workers. Investing in programs like Re-Employment Services will give job seekers the support they need as they seek to acquire new skills in a difficult job market."
"Last week, at a jobs forum I hosted in Lawrence I heard about the importance of workforce training and the need for expanded career services from those who have been most impacted by the recession," said Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. "It is critical that Recovery Act funds continue to reach those who have lost their jobs in this difficult economy and help them find employment. I thank Governor Patrick for making these funds available today."
"This money is critical during this challenging time in the job market," said Senator Thomas McGee, Senate Chair of the Labor and Workforce Development Committee. "I want to thank Congressman Tierney and Governor Patrick for securing these resources when we need them most."
"Massachusetts' One-Stop Career Centers are providing those who have lost their jobs with the services they need to help them through these difficult times, as well as connecting job seekers with employment resources," said Nancy Snyder, Interim Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. "We are thankful that federal stimulus funds are helping to enhance our efforts."
RES Programs kicked off last November, and currently over 37,000 are enrolled statewide. The $4 million for this fiscal year has been allocated to the state's 16 regional Workforce Investment Boards (WIB). These allocations were determined by Department of Workforce Development using a formula based on unemployment claimants in each region.
Regional Allocations for RES Program:
Berkshire WIB area - $143,139
Boston WIB area - $299,746
Bristol WIB area (Fall River/Taunton/Attleboro) - $326,087
Brockton WIB area - $183,078
Cape & Islands WIB area - $179,836
Central MA WIB area (Worcester) - $327,836
Franklin/Hampshire WIB area (Greenfield/Northampton/Amherst) - $157,324
Greater Lowell WIB area - $216,812
Greater New Bedford WIB area - $185,652
Hampden WIB area (Springfield/Westfield) - $300,029
Merrimack WIB area (Lawrence/Haverhill/Methuen) - $282,936
MetroNorth WIB area (Cambridge/Somerville/Revere/Everett/Melrose/Medford) - $347,133
Metro SouthWest WIB area (Framingham/Newton/Marlboro) - $297,132
North Central WIB area (Fitchburg/Leominster/Gardner) - $221,303
North Shore WIB area (Lynn/Salem) - $260,860
South Coastal WIB area (Quincy/Plymouth) - $271,097
Workforce investments are critical components of Governor Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, which combines state, federal, and where possible, private efforts to provide immediate and long-term relief, as well as position the Commonwealth in the following ways:
- Deliver immediate relief by investing in the road, bridge and rail projects that put people to work today and providing safety net services that sustain people who are especially vulnerable during an economic crisis;
- Build a better tomorrow through education and infrastructure investments that strengthen our economic competitiveness, prepare workers for the jobs of the future and support clean energy, broadband and technology projects that cut costs while growing the economy; and
- Reform state government by eliminating the pension and ethics loopholes that discredit the work of government and revitalize the transportation networks that have suffered from decades of neglect and inaction.