The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration along with state and local workforce organizations have deployed personnel and a wide array of resources to assist workers affected by Gustav or facing the prospect of hurricane-related weather in the near future.
“We are working with our state and local workforce partners to speed the recovery time for the thousands of people whose employment may be affected by these storms,” said Brent R. Orrell, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training. “We want those who are returning from evacuation sites to know that they can start applying for benefits and services as they return to their homes.”
Five mobile One-Stop Career Center units from Louisiana and Texas are due to go into service in southern Louisiana on Friday. Additional mobile units stand ready or are deployed in states across the Southeast.
Disability Program Navigators – specialists who connect persons with disabilities to employment opportunities and government services – are in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houma, Shreveport and other locations in Louisiana.
Moreover, Alabama, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Utah have volunteered for stand-by status to assist in handling a potentially high volume of regular unemployment and Disaster Unemployment Assistance claims.