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U.S. Labor Dept. to aid Calif. workers

Aug. 16, 2004 at 5:56 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Labor Department Monday announced a $2 million grant in emergency funds to help workers dislocated by flooding in San Joaquin County, Calif.

The National Emergency Grant will begin with an initial release of $665,000 awarded to the California Employment Development Department, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao said. It will be used to provide assistance to approximately 90 area workers, including those who lost their jobs as a result of flooding caused by a break in the Jones Tract levee.

"This administration is dedicated to helping dislocated workers get back on their feet," Chao said. "This $2 million in funding will help revitalize the area affected by this disaster and provide jobs for workers who can help clean up and restore businesses and communities in San Joaquin County."

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