WASHINGTON — A $2,205,753 National Emergency Grant was announced today by the U.S. Department of Labor to assist about 645 workers affected by layoffs at The Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash.
"As the economy continues to improve, we need to ensure that workers are in the best position possible to fill available jobs," said Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "This federal grant will help former Boeing workers enhance their skills so they can more easily transition to new employment opportunities."
Awarded to the Washington State Employment Security Department, the grant will be operated by the Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County. Eligible workers will have access to training and a broad range of support services, in conjunction with other services they may receive as a result of their eligibility for Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits. The grant and the TAA program will provide these dislocated workers with re-employment services they need to successfully find jobs in their area.
Of the $2,205,753 grant announced today, $980,847 will be released initially. Additional funding up to the approved amount will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.
Boeing, a major aerospace manufacturer, notified employees that 1,291 workers would be laid off starting June 7, 2013, due to a decline in demand for the company's products.
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/.