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ATLANTA -- Out of disaster and tragedy: hope and opportunity.

Jobs will soon be available in Georgia in the clean up and recovery following last month's tornadoes.

The Georgia Department of Labor will be placing people in the tornado-recovery jobs, and the jobs will be with all sorts of public and private employers.

Communities and businesses are simply overwhelmed trying to re-build. They need help from professionals, but they can't afford to hire all the help they need.

Right now they need heavy equipment operators, secretaries, construction workers, and countless others.

So the federal government is giving the state $5 million, which will pay the salaries of those who are currently out of work, once they are hired by public and private employers for recovery efforts in the counties affected by the tornadoes.

The jobs might last six months, and might lead to permanent work.

And they are not simply minimum-wage, unskilled, day-labor, make-work jobs.

"We have a pool of people that are desperate for work," said Gwen Dellinger with the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission in Rome, pointing out that the unemployment rate in parts of the state remains above the national and state average. "And so the bad thing that has happened is actually going to be good for them, in that they're going to be able to go to work, now. We're going to pay the wage for that job. If it's a heavy-equipment operator, we're not going to pay him minimum wage. Because we want it to merit their skill, also."

People who want to find out exactly who qualifies for the jobs, and who want to apply, need to contact the Georgia Department of Labor "career centers" in the counties that were struck by the tornadoes.

"Long-term unemployed people, over 16 weeks, they're going to be a priority," Dellinger said.

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From the Georgia Department of Labor:

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) and the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Workforce Investment Board (WIB) have received a $5 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts from severe storms that struck Georgia April 27-28. The funds will be used to create temporary jobs for laid-off workers to assist in the recovery efforts, as well as human services staff to help those in the communities affected.

"Governor Deal and I would like to thank Secretary Solis and the United States Department of Labor for all of their assistance after the devastating storm damage," said Commissioner Butler. "This grant will go a long way towards helping our recovery efforts in the affected counties in Georgia."

The counties eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Authority's (FEMA) Emergency Public Assistance program are Bartow, Catoosa, Cherokee, Coweta, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Greene, Harris, Heard, Jasper, Lamar, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Spalding, Troup, Walker, and White.

The grant money will be used to hire and train laid-off workers to clean and repair public property. The grant will also be used to hire staff for public and non-profit agencies helping in the relief effort, including public assistance agencies, as well as counselors to help the grieving and traumatized.

For additional information, please contact one of the following GDOL career centers:  

  • Rome, 706-295-6051
  • Cartersville, 770-387-3760
  • Cedartown, 770-749-2213
  • Northwest Georgia, 706-861-1990
  • Blue Ridge, 706-632-2033
  • LaFayette, 706-638-5525
  • Gainesville, 770-535-5484
  • Habersham, 706-776-0811
  • Cobb-Cherokee, 770-528-6100
  • Griffin, 770-228-7226
  • Newnan, 770-254-7220
  • LaGrange,706-845-4000
  • Covington, 770-784-2455
  • Athens, 706-583-2550
  • Macon, 478-751-6164
  • Columbus, 706-649-7423
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