New England News
6:30 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Grant To Help Laid Off Massachusetts Workers

A new federal grant aims to help Massachusetts workers who have been affected by layoffs. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill Reports.

The U.S. Labor Department says nearly $2.7 million will be available to assist 345 Massachusetts workers affected by layoffs at a  half dozen large companies, including Fidelity Investments, Sun Life Financial, and National Grid.

The grant money, which was awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development, will provide job search and support services, as well as employment-related assistance.

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said the federal grant will help connect these workers with jobs in "growing local industries."

Layoffs at  The Massachusetts locations for the companies are expected to continue through the fall.