State gets $31m for Katrina job ed

The U.S. Department of Labor will provide another $31.6 million for job training for Mississippi victims of Hurricane Katrina, the state's U.S. senators said Wednesday.

Sens. Trent Lott and Thad Cochran, both R-Miss., said the money is the second installment of a grant first awarded last year, bringing the total to more than $45 million.

The Labor Department said the money could help up to 10,000 workers throughout Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone and George counties with retraining. Officials said the money also will assist local governments hire employees for cleanup and other recovery tasks.

The money will be administered by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

"This money will ... support ongoing initiatives aimed at helping hurricane victims find good jobs within Mississippi's lower six counties," Lott said in a statement.

Since September 2005, the Labor Department has provided $95 million to help in recovery and rebuilding after Katrina.

"The economic stability of our entire state depends upon the steady reconstitution of the Gulf Coast work force," said Cochran. "The release of over $31 million from the Department of Labor represents a significant step in the continuing economic revival on the Gulf Coast."