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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.

Atlanta Journal Constitution (Georgia) - Stimulus credited for 24,103 Ga. Jobs

State government agencies, businesses and other organizations in Georgia attributed 24,103 jobs to federal stimulus spending during the last three months of 2009, according to reports posted on Saturday.

In all, these agencies and businesses were allocated $4.8 billion in stimulus funds between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, and received $2 billion of that amount.

State government agencies accounted for $457.4 million of Georgia's stimulus funds during the quarter and 20,007 of the jobs, mostly for teachers, college professors, police officers and other public positions. [2/2/10]

Sioux City Journal (Iowa) - Study: Stimulus funded 9,100 Iowa jobs last quarter

Federal stimulus funds paid for 9,096 jobs across Iowa in the fourth quarter of last year, according to a new report from the Obama administration.

“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is doing exactly what it is supposed to do -- make investments in our economy while supporting job activity in our state,” said Troy Price, a spokesman for Gov. Chet Culver.

Most of the jobs paid for with stimulus funds were at schools across the state. The governor's office said in a new report that 5,379 education positions were funded with stimulus funds.

Another 830 positions were paid for in the construction sector, it said. [2/1/10]

Attleboro Sun Chronicle (Massachusetts) - In Attleboro, congressman gets to see stimulus funds in action

U.S. Rep. James McGovern has been to his share of events announcing the awarding of federal stimulus money, but Monday he took a look at some of the results of the spending.

'With all the arguing in Washington, people forget this money has done a lot of good,' he said.

He said jobs are being created through stimulus projects. Aid to schools, local governments and police and fire departments are bringing back laid off workers while preventing others from losing their jobs, he said.

The Attleboro school department estimates that 45 teaching jobs were preserved because of stimulus money.

'When you think of all the jobs that would have been lost, it would have sent the economy into an economic spiral downward,' he said. [2/2/10]

The Post-Standard (New York) - $317,379 federal grant will be used to help CNY veterans learn job skills

A $317,379 federal stimulus grant announced today will be used to help 120 veterans and their spouses learn computer skills and resume building techniques.

The training will help them get jobs in green construction, landscaping, agribusiness and risk management, said Anastasia Urtz, executive director of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension.

“It is a good, descent, practical program,” said Rep. Dan Maffei, D-Syracuse, who was at a news conference in Syracuse today to announce the grant. [2/1/10]

Progressor Times (Ohio) - Green job grants benefit Ohioans

…Crawford, Logan, Sandusky, Seneca, Union and Wyandot counties are among the communities that will benefit from $6 million in Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants for green job training.

The grants monies are targeted at communities that have been impacted by the slowdown in the auto industry.

'Ohio's strength has always been its workforce, which gives us a leg-up as we foster new industries and build upon the traditional industries that made our state great, like auto manufacturing and agriculture,' Senator Gillmor said. 'We'll keep working to find opportunities for Ohioans to get the training they need for the jobs of the future.'

It is estimated that approximately 1,600 Ohioans will benefit from the training statewide, some of whom will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certificates for residential energy auditing, building operator and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. [2/2/10]

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