Labor Department gives $875K to assist laid-off GM Lordstown workers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $875,000 in National Dislocated Worker Grant funding to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to assess workforce needs after layoffs from the General Motors plant in Lordstown, as well as from three additional auto industry suppliers in Northeast Ohio.

All workers dislocated from those employers have been certified as eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance, enabling them to seek training through that program in order to find comparable reemployment.

The DWG funding will primarily provide these workers with employment and training services, and critical supportive services not available through the TAA program.

Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, Dislocated Worker Grants temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker training and employment programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses.

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