Federal money coming to help laid-off GM Lordstown workers find new jobs

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The U.S. Department of Labor will be helping out laid-off General Motors employees with up to $1.7 million in relief. There will be an initial award of $875,000.

The money will provide employment and training services to over 300 of the 1,600 workers affected by the layoffs in Lordstown, as well as three other auto industry suppliers in the region.

“This Department of Labor grant will help the workers who built this company access the resources and retraining needed to find new jobs and support their families,” Sen. Sherrod Brown said.

He and Rep. Tim Ryan announced the approval of the National Dislocated Worker Grant on Wednesday.

Grants like this are used to help people after large, unexpected layoff events.

“General Motors’ sudden and drastic employment reduction has not only harmed the economic security of workers at the Lordstown Assembly Complex,” Ryan said. “The massive layoffs are sending ripples through the broader automative supply chain, adversely affecting the entire region.”

Over the past two years, nearly 3,000 Lordstown workers were laid off.

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