Missouri receives U.S. Department of Labor grant for layoffs

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 | 4:36 p.m. CDT; updated 9:53 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 8, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $2.4 million grant to help laid-off industrial workers in parts of southern Missouri.

Funding from the grant, which was announced Wednesday, will help provide services including counseling, job training and job search assistance. The Missouri Division of Workforce Development will get $1.9 million immediately and receive the rest if needed.

About 815 workers will be assisted by the grant. They were affected by mass layoffs and plant closures at 11 companies, including Cargill Value Added Meats, EDCO Group, McQueary Brothers, Noranda Aluminum, Paul Mueller, Petit Jean Poultry, Rapco/Major Custom Cable, Thorngate, Tracker Marine, Nordyne and Westgate Resorts.


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