The University of Hawaii‘s Maui College will receive $4.3 million to help continue job training and workforce development, thanks to a federal earmark requested by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye.

UH-Maui College provides a variety of job training and educational opportunities to more than 800 residents in rural communities on Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui and Molokai.

The funding announcement, issued by Sen. Inouye’s office on Friday, came on the same day the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the national unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent in May. Hawaii’s unemployment rate, at 5.6 percent through April, has remained well below the national average.

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