Missouri receives $2 million for job training

Friday, July 15, 2011 | 10:01 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri is getting a $2 million award from the Department of Labor for its efforts to expand the state's job training for laid-off workers.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development said Missouri is one of just four states to receive the bonus under the On-the-Job Training National Emergency Grants. The department said the money is based on Missouri's job-training progress after receiving an initial $1.3 million grant under the program last year.

The program is intended to enable businesses to provide training and jobs to people who have been unemployed for a prolonged time. Workers are able to receive training while being paid.