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US Labor Department awards $13M for re-employment services for Texas workers affected by decline in oil and gas industry
Type of award: National Dislocated Worker Grant
Initial amount released: $13,293,207
Total amount approved: $16,309,807
Funding awarded to: Texas Workforce Commission
Number of workers served: Approximately 4,191
Use of funds: The U.S. Department of Labor approved a National Dislocated Worker Grant award with an initial release of $13,293,207 – of a total approved amount of $16,309,807 – to the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant will provide re-employment services to dislocated workers impacted by the downturn in the state’s oil and gas industry.
Since 2014, the Texas oil and gas industry has been in decline as oil prices continue to fall which, in turn, has led to layoffs for workers employed by oil and gas extraction companies and related industries. One area of focus for this project will be small rural communities whose economies rely heavily on income of oil and gas industry workers.
Background: Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, Dislocated Worker Grants temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker training and employment programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses. The grants generally provide resources to states and local workforce investment boards to re-employ laid-off workers quickly by offering training to increase occupational skills.