Most recently, EOLWD has been a leader, working on the Governor's behalf to ensure that the resources from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
are being utilized rapidly and effectively to create employment and training opportunities for unemployed workers .
- Created and launched plans for the injection of over $150 million into the workforce development system, including:
- $67,000,000 investment in programs providing worker training and support to unemployed workers and low income adults.
- $30,000,000 investment in the future workforce through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act programs and leveraged state resources to support summer jobs and year round youth programs, for 10,000 of the state's most at risk and low income youth.
- $54,000,000 from the Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act - a program which supports benefits payment, reemployment and support programs for the state's unemployed workers.
- Launched a new reemployment initiative at the state's 37 One Stop Career Centers to ensure that more unemployment claimants receive intensive counseling and job search support to facilitate return to work.
- In March, Governor Patrick committed more than $30 million over two years in state and federal recovery funds to create an estimated 10,000 summer jobs for young people between the ages of 14-24 in 60 communities across Massachusetts. The funds included $6.67 million from the state's YouthWorks summer jobs program with $3.1 million in public safety funds and $21.1 million in workforce development funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Youth were placed in jobs across industry sectors and trades, such as hospitals, parks, and non-profit organizations. In August of 2009, Governor Patrick announced that the administration has surpassed its ambitious goals of 10,000 jobs for youth this summer and by mid-August, over 11,000 youths had been employed.