WASHINGTON - A black U.S. Department of Agriculture employee, whose ouster sparked a racial furor, says she has been offered a new job.

Shirley Sherrod told The Associated Press she is considering the offer from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, which she said was for a different position than her former post as state director of rural development in Georgia.

The offer comes after an embarrassed White House apologized to Sherrod on Wednesday for ousting her over her remarks about race. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the administration did not know all the facts when it acted.