|Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $5 Million Grant
for Dislocated Massachusetts Workers
WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today
announced a National Emergency Grant of more than $5 million
to aid approximately 800 workers laid off from 22 companies
in the state’s south central region. Of the total, $2
million will be immediately available.
“Helping workers who have lost their jobs is a top priority,”
Chao said. “This Administration is committed to help displaced
workers access the jobs and skills training they need to find
new jobs. We hope these funds will be distributed quickly to
help these workers. We will not be satisfied until every worker
who wants to work can find a job.
National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary’s
discretionary fund. A grant is awarded after a state or local
workforce investment board submits a request and the grant guidelines
have been met. The project will be operated by the Metro South/West
Employment and Training and Workforce Central, which serve Middlesex,
Norfolk and Worcester Counties. Among the re-employment services
offered are: job search assistance, job development, job placement,
basic skills training and counseling.