The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) is now accepting grant applications from local workforce development areas needing to repair damage to public infrastructure resulting from the spring flooding.

NDOL has received $2 million in Disaster Recovery Employment Program (DREP) funding from the US Department of Labor, which will be awarded through local workforce development areas to employers to create temporary jobs and receive 100% wage reimbursement for those jobs.

Individuals who lost employment due to the flooding or who have experienced long-term unemployment (greater than 13 weeks of consecutive unemployment) are eligible to fill these positions.  Supportive services will be available to employers and job seekers who are eligible; these include tools, equipment and any necessary items to obtain and maintain employment.  The funding application deadline for the local workforce development areas is September 6, 2019.

“Nebraskans are still recovering from the blizzards and floods that engulfed our state this spring,” said Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts. “This grant provides training and employment services to Nebraskans whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the storms. It will help them resume work, and it will enable more Nebraskans to bounce back from the disaster stronger than ever.”

“We encourage employers to contact the Nebraska Department of Labor job center in their area if they are interested in this program,” said Commissioner of Labor John H. Albin.

Full details on the grant funding and application instructions can be found at

Individuals seeking employment for any reason may reach out to NDOL job centers.  A list of job centers can be found here.

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