RI to get $1.5M in labor funds for storm help

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island is getting $1.5 million in emergency U.S. Department of Labor funding to hire unemployed residents to help with Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

The funds will go to the state Department of Labor and Training to hire temporary workers to assist with cleanup and reconstruction of damaged public buildings and properties and provide other relief. The U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday that $500,000 of the total will be released initially.

President Barack Obama approved Rhode Island's request for a federal disaster declaration in Washington, Newport and Bristol counties. The state has amended its request to include assistance for individuals in Washington and Newport counties. That request is pending.

Rhode Island's congressional delegation jointly called the funding a smart investment that will help both the unemployed and communities hard hit by the storm.