U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) will award a total of $4,850,000 in Job-Driven National Emergency Grant funds to be used in Maine. The funding will help provide job training to workers in high-demand industries who, through no fault of their own, lost their job.
"For too many unemployed individuals in Maine, the struggle to find a new job is all too real," said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. "By building on existing efforts to train and assist unemployed people in Maine, this grant funding will go a long way in smoothing the often tumultuous transition back into the workforce."
DOL announced the grant funding as part of a larger $154,757,547 award that will be distributed nationally through the Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker National Reserve fund. Thirty-two states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation will receive grants through the fund.