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Hawai‘i to Receive $1.1 Million to Improve Services for Dislocated Workers

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, welcomed $1.1 million in federal funding to Hawai‘i to improve services for dislocated workers. The federal grant, from the U.S. Department of Labor, will help support, improve, and connect existing workforce programs to better serve dislocated workers in Hawai‘i.

“There are many different resources to help unemployed workers access services and find a job, but many of these programs can be challenging to navigate,” said Senator Schatz.  “This federal funding will help integrate the different services available to unemployed workers, making it easier for them to access federal resources and connect with employers.”

This investment to the Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations will help dislocated workers and other job seekers by providing seed funding for at least one of the following approaches: common registration and case management systems connecting workers to all available services; online portals that exchange information and serve as hubs for online resources; or data integration efforts, which help workforce agencies improve labor market information for customers as well as identify and address layoff trends.