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Vermont wins grants to help unemployed

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Annie Noonan Annie Noonan
MONTPELIER, Vt. -

The state has received two federal grants to help unemployed Vermonters.

The first $50,000 grant will help long-term unemployed people start their own businesses. Gov. Peter Shumlin says it will help 50 people that have been unemployed for at least 26 weeks. The second grant is for $1 million and will go toward training and job matching. This is the second $1 million Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) grant the state has received.

"Vermont was able to show we bent the curve of people on unemployment who came through this program by 30 percent. It's a great return on investment. We are now looked at as a state that's figured out how to do REA very successfully," Vt. Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan said.

The state also received a separate grant from the U.S. Labor Department to help long-term unemployed people start their own businesses.

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