An official with the Minnesota Department of Human Services says community action groups throughout the state have created 135 jobs using one category of federal stimulus money.
The anti-poverty organizations are getting $12 million in block grants to foster jobs. Economic Opportunity Office Director Connie Greer says the groups have spent about $1 million since July.
She says the cash went to jobs such as job placement coaches, mortgage foreclosure prevention specialists, information technology professionals and maintenance workers.
Greer says the community action groups anticipate saving more than 850 jobs and creating another 700 positions before the stimulus grants run out next September.
State agencies must report stimulus-funded employment to the federal government by Saturday.
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