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ETA News Release: [04/08/2011]
Contact Name: Lina Garcia or Mike Trupo
Phone Number: (202) 693-4661 or x3414
Release Number: 11-0481-CHI

US Department of Labor announces grant to continue re-employment services for Wisconsin workers affected by layoffs at 80 companies

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $3,972,529 National Emergency Grant incremental award to continue re-employment services for about 2,580 workers affected by layoffs and plant closures at 80 companies throughout Wisconsin, predominantly in the manufacturing sector.

"Wisconsin's manufacturing sector has been hit hard by layoffs, and many workers have lost jobs through no fault of their own," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The Labor Department is committed to getting all Americans back to work, and this grant will provide workers with continued access to career search services and training programs that can lead to good jobs in growing industries."

The funds were awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and will provide these workers, many of whom also are eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance, with continued access to supportive services that are not available through the TAA program. The workers who are not TAA-eligible will have access to the full array of training and employment-related services under this grant.

Of a $13,614,919 award announced in March 2010, $5,072,148 was released initially. This increment brings the total award for this project to $9,044,677. 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/.