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Louisiana asks for $3.4M labor emergency grant

Louisiana's labor department is asking the federal government for $3.4 million to pay unemployed state residents to help with cleanup work after Hurricane Isaac.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Monday that it's filed a request for an emergency grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The commission estimates the grant could pay salaries for about 450 people, along with career counseling and other work force assistance. Residents directly harmed by the storm would get priority for the work.

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