The U.S. Department of Labor is making available a $16,532,485 National Emergency Grant supplement to fund roughly 2,200 temporary jobs to continue helping cleanup and recovery efforts from the tornado that hit Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011, which caused flooding in multiple Missouri counties between mid-April and early June 2011.

"Missouri continues to need assistance with large-scale cleanup and recovery efforts after the Joplin tornado and other severe weather last spring," says Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "These additional grant funds represent the federal government's commitment to help the residents of affected communities continue rebuilding their lives."

The first grant of $5,822,352 was distributed following the tornado May 27, 2011. On June 30, the DOL provided $13,964,651 in additional funding to continue assistance to Joplin along with other Missouri counties, which were added by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to its disaster declaration after they faced severe storms. The available funds are to be distributed to the Missouri Division of Workforce Development and bring the total amount of assistance to $36,319,488.

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