KENNEWICK, Wash. - The state of Washington has received about $8 billion in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Of that funding, the Tri-Cities region receives more than $3.4 billion.
Governor Gregoire today announced that approximately 14,500 jobs were created or sustained in Washington state during the last quarter of 2009 through the ARRA funds. She says since the stimulus money first started being released about 45,000 jobs have been retained or created. Jill Satran, the Governor's Economic Recovery Coordinator, says the Recovery Act dollars will continue to generate more jobs. "We have expended somewhere between $1.6 billion and $2 billion of the $7.8 billion. So obviously there's still a lot more of the money to be spent in the state and there will be jobs associated with that," said Satran.
Of the jobs created in Washington, about 7,300 result from funds coming through state agencies. Some of those agencies include: public safety, education and transportation.