Tuesday, January 7, 2003

$10M grant to help Kentucky's jobless

Layoffs, closings prompt aid

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao said Monday a $10 million emergency grant will aid more than 1,750 workers affected by plant closures and mass layoffs across Kentucky.

National emergency grants are part of Ms. Chao's discretionary fund. A grant is awarded after a state submits a request and the grant guidelines have been met. An initial amount of $5.1 million will be released to the program through June 30.

"The President and I are committed to helping Kentucky's displaced workers access the job and skills training they need to find new re-employment," said Ms. Chao, wife of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell. "We hope these funds will be deployed quickly to help Kentucky workers."

The grant project will be operated by six of the state's Local Workforce Investment Areas designated to operate under the federal Workforce Investment Act.

The project will supplement existing re-employment programs including job search assistance, job development, job placement, basic skills training, counseling and supportive services for child-care and transportation.

The development districts that will run the program are the Bluegrass, Lincoln Trail, Buffalo Trace, Northern Kentucky, Purchase/Pennyrile, Green River and the Barren River areas.

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