Missouri makes up to $8 million available to fund flood recovery jobs

July 21, 2017

Jefferson City, Missouri — The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Missouri's Division of Workforce Development (DWD) $2.7 million— with the potential for up to $8 million—in National Dislocated Worker Grant funding to assist in clean-up, restoration, and recovery efforts following the historic flooding and severe storms that occurred from April 28 to May 11. Through these grants, the state will provide temporary clean-up jobs to 170 Missourians.

To assist with debris removal and public infrastructure repairs, the state is seeking workers that can perform general labor, operate CDL and non-CDL equipment, and supervise crew members. Temporary disaster relief employment will be offered in the following 19 disaster-declared counties: Barry, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Howell, Miller, Oregon, Ozark, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Texas, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wright, and St. Genevieve.

Priority for these temporary positions will be given to individuals living in these counties, who are unemployed as a result of the disaster, as well as those who were self-employed, dislocated, or long-term unemployed. Those interested in this type of work should contact staff at the Missouri Job Centers in Springfield, Park Hills, West Plains, Joplin, Rolla, Potosi or Linn Creek for full details. To locate a Missouri Job Center, go to http://jobs.mo.gov/findcenter or call 888-728-5627. 

For statewide disaster recovery resources and information, visit https://recovery.mo.gov/. DWD is a division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.