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US Department of Labor Announces Nearly $787,000 Grant to Assist Workers in Minnesota Affected by Defense Industry Layoffs

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Location: Washington, DC

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $786,901 grant to assist about 183 workers affected by layoffs at BAE Systems Inc. in Fridley, Minn.

"While we are seeing positive signs in our economy, we won't be satisfied until all unemployed workers are able to quickly prepare for and enter good jobs that lead to long-term careers," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Today's grant will provide these Minnesotans with the re-employment and retraining services necessary to find new jobs in promising industries,"

Awarded to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, this grant will be operated by Career Management Services. The grant will provide affected workers with access to dislocated worker services. These services may include skills assessment, basic skills training, individual career counseling and occupational skills training.

Layoffs at BAE Systems Inc. occurred between July and December 2009 following the company's loss of a large U.S. Department of Defense contract.

This grant will be funded by resources made available for National Emergency Grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit

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