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Oklahoma agency helps people with disabilities find jobs

Posted at 5:00 PM, Dec 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-02 18:00:07-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's state agency that works with individuals who have disabilities says it has taken more than 3,400 people looking for work off wait lists and placed them in jobs, thanks to a funding boost.

The Department of Rehabilitation Services says in a news release it transferred 3,424 job seekers who are blind, visually impaired or have physical or mental disabilities to working roles in November. The agency has had waiting lists since 2017 because of budget cuts. But an injection of $11.6 million in state and federal money for the current fiscal year let the department take on more clients.

Some 2,131 people remained on waiting lists, but the agency expects more funding will let the agency move those people into jobs soon.