Richmond receives grant for veterans, longterm unemployed

The unemployment rate in Richmond increased in March to 11.5 percent, a percentage point higher than in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Richmond received $770,000 from the state last week to help recently-discharged veterans and longtime unemployed residents receive training in high-demand occupations.

The state’s Employment Development Department is administering the funds, which come from the governor’s portion of Dislocated Worker Funds from Title I of the federal Workforce Investment Act, according to City Manager Bill Lindsay’s weekly newsletter.

Veterans separated from service within the last 48 months are eligible. Those who benefit from the grant will be trained in these “high-demand” sectors:

  • Building trades: construction laborers; carpenters, electricians, construction, and building inspectors.
  • Health-related professions: medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, medical records and health information technicians, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics.
  • Information technology: computer support specialists, electrical and electronics engineering technicians, and other computer occupations.
  • Warehousing/transportation/logistics: freight stock and material movers and laborers, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, light truck or delivery services drivers, and industrial truck and tractor operators.

Richmond residents interested in participating should visit the RichmondWORKS One Stop Center, 330 25th Street, or call (510) 307-8014.