30 Nov 2009

More jobs available for post-tsunami American Samoa

2:59 pm on 30 November 2009

More than 200 additional people will be taken on as temporary workers in American Samoa this week, under the U.S. Government's National Emergency Grant programme, which aims to provide work as part of the tsunami recovery efforts.

The Governor, Togiola Tulafono, says more than 1,000 jobs have been identified so far under the programme and about 415 positions have already been filled.

He says another 260 workers are to begin working this week once their paperwork is completed.

Togiola says the government is still working on identifying more worksites so that more temporary workers can be hired for the programme, which lasts up to six months.

The Governor says his administration is pushing for the Federal Government to extend it to 12 months so people would have jobs while efforts are made to secure new industries for the territory.