US government to pay $2.3 billion for jobs lost to hurricanes and wildfires
The US government will pay $1.8 billion to help pay for the reconstruction and recovery efforts following the massive hurricanes and fires that struck the United States in recent years, the US Department of Labor said Friday.
In a statement, the Labor Department said the money will be distributed to state and local governments to help provide assistance to affected workers and families, as well as businesses that lost businesses due to the wildfires and storm.
The money is in addition to a $1 billion commitment the department announced last week for additional relief funds.
The federal government has already contributed about $1 trillion to the recovery effort.
The department said the federal government’s role in providing relief will remain in place while it considers other ways to help the affected communities and states.
The $1-billion commitment comes on top of $500 million in additional federal aid from the Trump administration.