The U.S. economy added 661,000 jobs in September. The payroll report—released last Friday by the Department of Labor—is the last before the election next month. The September jobs figure is significantly below the 1.5 million reported in August.

WorkingNation is always looking at stories addressing how different parts of the country are trying to get unemployed people back in the workforce. Here’s some of what we found this past week.

From Iowa: Clay and Milk reports Iowa allocates $5M in federal funds to job training for those affected by COVID-19.

From Minnesota: KSTP reports the state has created a skill-matcher survey to identify skills a worker may already have to help make a transfer to another career.

From Montana: Sidney Herald reports Montana State University Northern receives $250,000 for accelerated plumbing and electrical apprenticeship programs.

From New Jersey: Asbury Park Press reports Monmouth County launches a job training program that allows users access to job training courses, industry certifications, GED diplomas and other programs.

From Pennsylvania: Business Facilities reports Nestlé Purina PetCare is expanding its Pennsylvania operations resulting in almost 100 new hires.

From South Carolina: The Kingstree News reports the state is working to identify the top 29 “lifeboat” jobs to immediately help residents until the economy recovers.

From Washington, D.C.: PerishableNews.com reports the American Bakers Association announces a virtual learning course on baking basics to new employees.

From West Virginia: WBOY reports a coalition of educational institutions is creating an apprenticeship pathway degree program.

#ICYMI: Check out our past posts programs in different states and territories:
September 30: Looking for a path to a new job?
September 14: 8 programs addressing the highest unemployment rates in the U.S.
August 31: Need a job? Here are 8 programs that might help
August 24: Seeking work? Here are 8 states trying to get you back on the job
August 17: Unemployed? Here is how 8 more states are trying to get you back to work
August 10: Looking for work? Here are 8 ways 8 states are trying to help

We’ll keep looking, so check back for more stories from around the country.

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