- Associated Press - Sunday, July 5, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island has been awarded two federal grants that officials say will help connect job seekers with employers.

The state will receive $1,091,635 through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI).

The funds will be used by the state’s Department of Labor and Training to improve and expand databases and to study the effectiveness of the state’s employment and training programs.

The state will also receive $903,568 from the Labor Department. These funds will be used to expand unemployment services by offering job seekers in-person assessments.

Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed says the funding will help job seekers and improve the state’s databases.



Officials say Rhode Island is one of 9 states to receive a share of $10 million in WDQI federal funds this year.

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