ETA News Release: [12/17/2009]
Contact Name: Michael Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414 or x4661
Release Number: 09-1540-BOS
US Department of Labor announces $3.8 million grant to assist workers in Massachusetts affected by financial industry layoffs
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $3,874,594 grant to assist about 725 workers affected by layoffs at seven companies in Massachusetts' financial industry.
"Today's grant will provide the job search and employment services necessary for affected workers in Massachusetts to find new jobs in emerging industries," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
Awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development, this grant will be operated by the Metro South/West Employment and Training Administration. The grant will provide affected workers with access to dislocated worker services. These services may include skills assessment, basic skills training, individual career counseling and occupational skills training.
The ongoing layoffs at the seven companies covered under the grant began in November 2008. Companies include Bank of America, Capital One, Fidelity Investments (Veritude), Putnam Investments, Sovereign Bank, State Street Bank and Trust Co., and Wellington Management.
Of the $3,874,594 announced today, $1,294,864 will be released initially. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the commonwealth demonstrates a continued need for assistance.
This grant will be funded by resources made available for National Emergency Grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
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/.