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Title I of the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act authorized the Department of Labor to fund and monitor locally administered programs to provide unemployed people with skills needed to find jobs. The act gave state and local authorities (prime sponsors) a large role in planning and managing employment and training programs. About $1.8 billion of title I funds was spent for classroom and on-the-job training programs during fiscal years (FY) 1975 to 1977.

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