More stimulus dollars are on the way. The U.S. Department of Labor has just announced the award of $55 million worth of grants to job training programs for disadvantaged communities and labor market information agencies, to help people land green jobs.
Get more details on all the grants and awardees.
Green job training programs are an obvious investment in these troubled times. But what about labor market info? It's hugely important too. If we don't have the right information about what green jobs are in demand and where, we can waste a lot of time and resources creating the wrong kinds of training programs.
DOL expects to award a total of $500 million for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy from the Recovery Act. It's just a drop in the bucket compared to federal spending on the bank bailout, which I think reflects some upside-down priorities.
Still, this is only round one on the green jobs stimulus, and President Obama has announced a big jobs summit for some time next month. Maybe what will come out of that meeting is a much bigger investment in job creation in 2010 that will help turn the economy around for the rest of us.