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May 10, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-12


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MARINES, MINISTRY OF LABOR FINALIZE JOB PLACEMENT CONTRACT

AR RAMADI, Iraq - Marines met with members of the Ministry of Labor here May 6 to finalize a contract providing $56,200 to create job placement offices in the Al Anbar province. Another $16,700 goes toward employees' salaries for the first month's service.

"Today we signed a memorandum between the Coalition and the Ministry of Labor," said Maj. Mark E. Stanovich, a civil affairs officer for the 1st Marine Division and the project supervisor. "It was a big step for the Ministry of Labor. We want Baghdad to understand we have a big unemployment problem so that they can help fund and support us."

The job placement employees will work out of offices in Fallujah, Ar Ramadi, Al Qaim, Habbiniyah, Rutbah and Ana.

Iraqis may apply for a variety of jobs through the placement offices, including electrician, engineer, computer technician, construction worker and auto repairman. The offices will also provide training.

"Our intent is to find qualified Iraqis who are available for work, and the employment office will match up people who want to work with available work," said Stanovich. "The Marines and the Ministry of Labor have many projects coming up in the future, and we want the labor offices to help sort out the jobs."

By working with the Ministry of Labor to create employment for Iraqis, the Coalition seeks to reduce crime and attacks against the Coalition and the Iraqi people, while simultaneously improving the living conditions and economic situation in Iraq.

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