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ETA News Release: [02/26/2009]
Contact Name: Suzy Bohnert
Phone Number: (202) 693-4665
Release Number: 09-0188-SEA

U.S. Department of Labor announces nearly $524,000 grant to assist workers in Idaho affected by natural resource industry layoffs

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $523,935 grant to assist approximately 130 workers affected by layoffs at JD Lumber Inc. in Priest River, Idaho; Sterling Mining Co. in Kellogg, Idaho; and U.S. Silver Corp. in Wallace, Idaho.

"The layoffs in Idaho's natural resource industry have had significant impact on the local economy," said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Douglas F. Small. "Today's grant will provide necessary services and allow affected workers to return to work faster."

This grant award to the Idaho Department of Labor will provide workers eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) with access to services not covered under the TAA program. These services include skills assessment, counseling, case management, job search and job placement assistance, as well as follow-up. Affected workers will have access to dislocated worker services. Support services, such as out-of-area job search and relocation assistance, transportation and day care, may also be provided.

JD Lumber Inc. announced the closure of its Priest River location on Aug. 1, 2008, and worker layoffs occurred on Aug. 22. On Sept. 11, 2008, the Sterling Mining Co. announced layoffs that occurred the same day. U.S. Silver Corp. announced layoffs on Nov. 3, 2008, that occurred the same day.

Of the $523,935 announced today, $261,968 will be released initially. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG