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Back to Work: Jobs for historically underrepresented people

Read about opportunities in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, and North Carolina
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It’s the first Monday of the new year and, for many, it’s time to resume their search for new work or programs that can help them gain new skills. According to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6.9 million people are currently out of work and millions more are underemployed and looking for better-paying jobs.

WorkingNation is always checking out where the local opportunities might be in your state. Here’s some of what we found this week.

From Arizona: Arizona Republic reports a modular home manufacturer has struck a deal with the Navajo Nation and is locating a new facility on the site of a former coal plant – bringing about 100 jobs to the area.

From Colorado: The Gazette reports a Denver restaurant is providing training for immigrants and refugees who want to work in the food industry.

From Hawaii: University of Hawai’i News reports federal funding will boost community college career and technical education programs for Native Hawaiian students.

From Louisiana: Mass Transit reports the transit authority in New Orleans is creating a job training program for people who have records for non-violent offenses.

From North Carolina: Textile World reports a children’s wear manufacturer is expanding its production in Greensboro – creating 116 new jobs.

Did you miss our previous Back to Work stories from around the country? Catch up here.

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