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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Funding Availability for Trade and Economic Transition National Dislocated Worker Grants

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) today announced the availability of up to $100 million for Trade and Economic Transition National Dislocated Worker Grants to provide training and career services to dislocated workers affected by major economic dislocations. 

Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Trade and Economic Transition grants provide funding to states, outlying areas, eligible tribal governments and other entities to address one or more of the following events:

  • the economic and workforce impacts associated with job loss or employer/industrial reorganization due to trade or automation;
  • the loss, significant decline, or major structural change/reorganization of a primary or legacy industry, such as a manufacturing downturn due to technological advances, including impacts on the agricultural industry due to trade or other economic trends;
  • other economic transition or stagnation that may disproportionately impact mature workers, putting them at risk for extended unemployment, lower wages, and underemployment.

Applications must be received by 11:59:59 PM EDT on September 7, 2018; however, ETA will fund applications that meet all requirements based on the order ETA receives them, until all funds are depletedETA plans to award funds by September 30, 2018. Information is available at

Employment and Training Administration
August 8, 2018
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Media Contact: Eric Holland
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