The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that it has granted $7-million to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) to create temporary public service jobs, such as tornado cleanup jobs.
Mississippi qualified for the National Emergency Grant (NEG), because President Obama recently declared major disaster areas in the state due to damage caused by severe storms and resulting tornadoes, straight-line winds or flooding.
The temporary jobs provide short-term employment and wages to assist local unemployed workers in getting back up on their feet from the disaster, while also contributing to rebuilding and recovery efforts in the damaged communities.
As indicated, the jobs, which the MDES refers to as “Temporary Recovery Workforce Jobs”, are reserved for local residents who are unemployed. Residents who were affected by the disaster will receive hiring priority.
The tornado cleanup jobs involve debris removal and the demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of land and structures in the disaster areas. The remaining jobs involve humanitarian efforts, social services, driving, office work and other duties as required.
All of the jobs pay the prevailing wage, which currently ranges from $16 to $25 per hour. Workers who land the jobs may earn up to $12,000 or stay employed for up to six months, whichever comes first. Workers may not collect unemployment benefits while employed in the temporary jobs.
To apply for a tornado cleanup job or one of the other temporary jobs available, contact the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, commonly referred to as the Mississippi unemployment office.
To search for other jobs, start at the Job Search page here at EmployeeIssues.com.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance and other federally-funded disaster assistance is available in Mississippi and the neighboring states recently damaged by severe storms and resulting tornadoes, straight-line winds or flooding.