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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The latest recipient reports on the Recovery Act were posted at the end of January -- reporting on one-fifth of the Recovery money spent out for projects and direct aid in the last quarter of 2009 and less than one-tenth of the overall Recovery Act program.  The following news clips illustrate only a fraction of the total jobs funded by the Recovery Act -- which the Council of Economic Advisors estimated was about 2 million by the end of 2009… with more to come.

The Oakland Tribune (California) - Lee highlights public aid funded by stimulus cash

Almost $630,000 million in federal stimulus money has been directed into the East Bay in the last year, funding public service efforts Rep. Barbara Lee highlighted in a bus tour Monday morning.

Museum digitizing, community college job training, HIV/AIDS therapy and youth homelessness outreach were among the services Lee, D-Oakland, highlighted on the news tour, which stopped in Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley and Castro Valley.

The funding is locally focused on job creation and retention, and on services needed by those who are unemployed, Lee said. [2/1/10]

New York Post - Thank stimulus for 27k city jobs

The city created or saved 27,218 of the 599,108 jobs the White House reported generating nationally in the final three months of 2009 as a result of federal stimulus funds pumped into the crippled economy.

Most of the $5.85 billion allocated to the Big Apple went to the school system ($2 billion); Medicaid ($1.6 billion); other health and social-service needs ($936 million); and infrastructure ($889 million). [2/1/10]

Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) - Stimulus 'supports' 24,705 jobs at '09's end

Federal stimulus money paid for the equivalent of 24,705 full-time jobs in Ohio during the last three months of 2009, according to reports filed with the government this weekend.

Ohio recipients reported spending a little more than $1 billion, including money for equipment, material for construction projects and other costs in addition to salaries.

Teachers, professors and other education workers accounted for 11,551 of the Ohio jobs supported by the stimulus -- nearly half the state's total, according to the reports. Workers insulating homes for low-income Ohioans under the state's weatherization program accounted for 2,485 jobs, the reports said. [2/2/10]

The Seattle Times (Washington) - Wash. stimulus update shows more about $2B spent

About $2 billion in federal stimulus money has been spent in Washington state, and more money is on the way.

Last week the state was awarded $590 million for projects related to high-speed rail, pushing the total amount the state is set to receive to more than $8 billion.

Gov. Chris Gregoire says about 45,000 jobs have been retained or created since the stimulus money first started being released early last year. About 14,000 of those have come since October. [2/1/10]

WCCO CBS-4 (Minnesota) - Federal Stimulus Job Creation Pace Steady in MN

Job creation under the federal stimulus package is continuing at a steady pace in Minnesota.

White House figures on Monday show that stimulus money created or saved 12,291 Minnesota jobs in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Some of the top recipients include the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the University of Minnesota. [2/1/10]

WLKY CBS-32 (Kentucky) - Stimulus Report: 10,000 Jobs In Kentucky

A federal report said the national stimulus program paid for nearly 10,700 jobs in Kentucky during the final three months of 2009.

The Courier-Journal reported that state government, local communities, companies and other agencies in Kentucky have received about $797 million of the $2.5 billion stimulus.

The report said nearly 7,400 of those jobs were in schools. [2/1/10]

Phoenix Business Journal (Arizona) - Stimulus creates 6,800 jobs in 4Q in Arizona

The economic stimulus created 6,800 jobs in Arizona during the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the Obama administration.

That brings total jobs created in the state by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act during 2009 to 19,000.

ARRA has included funds for transportation, water and infrastructure construction as well as for work force development, university research, renewable energy, schools and expanding social service programs. [2/1/10]

Honolulu Advertiser (Hawaii) - Stimulus program aids Hawaiian Isles

A federal economic stimulus program that's expected to pump more than $1 billion into Hawai'i over several years created 3,015 jobs during the last three months of 2009.

That figure, released during the weekend, includes 2,065 jobs retained in Hawai'i's public education system via one-time grants, according to, a federal Web site that tracks stimulus spending. [2/2/10]

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