Thousands of temp jobs available for post-Irma recovery

Posted at 6:21 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 12:44:52-04

If you lost your job because of Hurricane Irma, or you’re simply looking for work, CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas want to help.

CareerSource is looking to hire thousands of people statewide to help with hurricane recovery. The temporary full-time jobs range from cleaning up debris to helping families qualify for federal help. 

They’re funded by federal dislocated worker grants, and the temp jobs pay pretty well too between $11 to $27 an hour.

Florida was awarded $7 million to fund the program. 

Juliane Abudi was recently laid off from her job of 10 years, now she’s helping families get emergency post-Irma food stamps.

“We all have a common experience. we all share in what Hurricane Irma did to our lives. We all have that connection so it’s wonderful to help in this way,” Abudi explained.

If you can pass a background check and drug screen, you’re encouraged to apply at CareerSource’s website.

Individuals who qualify for disaster relief employment are people who are temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of Hurricane Irma, dislocated workers, and individuals who are long-term unemployed.

For information regarding National Dislocated Worker Grants, visit your local CareerSource Center at

In addition to the Dislocated Worker Grants, DEO is also providing the following programs to assist in recovery from Hurricane Irma:

  • The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program provides cash flow to businesses damaged by a disaster. The short-term, interest-free loans help bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration loans. Go to[] for more information.
  • DEO is currently surveying businesses in affected counties to determine damage. To access the business survey, please go to[] and select “Hurricane Irma” from the drop-down menu. 
  • The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Program provides assistance to businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Irma. To apply for DUA, go to[] or call the Florida Disaster Unemployment Assistance Line at 1-800-385-3920.