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Duluth gets grant to hire 50 temporary workers for flood repairs

Duluth has received $543,000 from the federal government for infrastructure repairs after the June flood.

While legislators prepare for Friday’s special session to allocate $167 million in state funding for disaster relief after June’s flooding, the city of Duluth has received $543,000 from the federal government to hire 50 temporary disaster-relief workers.

The grant, which will pay an hourly wage, plus benefits, for up to three months, comes from the National Emergency Grant program, through the Workforce Investment Act. It will be administered through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Eligible workers are:

  • Those who lost their job as a result of the June flood
  • Dislocated workers currently not receiving unemployment benefits
  • Workers who have had long-term unemployment

City officials hope to hire eligible workers immediately “to engage in restoration of public infrastructure.”

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Interested applicants must contact the Duluth Workforce Development Center (218) 302-8400 or visit the office located at 402 W. First St.