Florida gets nearly $7 million from feds to help laid-off workers


Florida will receive nearly $7 million in federal funding to help retrain workers who’ve been laid off from their jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday.

The money will be used to provide job training, transitional jobs, apprenticeships, job search assistance and career planning to laid-off workers and the long-term unemployed.

“We must constantly innovate and expand best practices to make sure our nation’s workforce can compete in the global economy,” said labor secretary Thomas Perez in a statement. “Today’s awards will help better align workforce skills with the needs of regional industries. By doing so, these funds will have a positive and meaningful impact on the communities they serve now and into the future.”

The feds awarded a total of $138 million in grants to Florida and 26 other states, as well as the Cherokee tribal nation. The money comes from a federal fund called the Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker National Reserve.