Iowa Workforce Development is still hiring workers for jobs repairing public buildings and cleaning up parks in the wake of last year’s floods and tornadoes. Liz Buck says so far the state has received $17-million in federal money to hire the workers.
"It’s a two-year program so it’s been in effect right now, so we still have emergency public job workers right now all across the state. We think we have enough funds to get us through the end of September," Buck says. Buck says more than one thousand workers have helped with storm recovery at over 500 locations around the state.
Buck says they covered the workers comp and their benefits, too. She says it’s been growing by about 150 people a month, and with the warmer weather it’s easier to get out there and do the work. Buck says they can re-apply for more jobs money when the current funds run out in September.