HONOLULU, HAWAII – Darwin L.D. Ching, director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, announced today that the State has been awarded $1.24 million in a competitive grant authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grant was awarded today under the State labor market improvement grants that will be administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

The labor market information grant will help the State develop an information bank to facilitate the process of job training, job search, and placement in “green jobs” in areas such a renewable energy development, water and energy efficiency, and environmental protection. The grant will be used to identify green jobs as well as the industries they are located, the skills needed and the wages paid.

“The grant is intended to enable Hawai’i to employ strategies that will allow jobseekers to connect with green jobs and ensure workers will find employment after completing training,” said Ching. “This grant further supports the Lingle-Aiona Administration’s continuing efforts to create job opportunities, increase Hawai

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