WASHINGTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Officials announced Wednesday that over $1 million dollars is being granted to Workforce West Virginia from the U.S. Labor Department.
The $1,056,000 National Dislocated Worker Grant will go towards the continuation of reemployment services to those currently enrolled, as well as for a projected 200 people recently affected by industry layoffs.
“There is no denying the harmful effects of the last Administration’s regulatory policies on West Virginia’s economies,” stated Senator Joe Manchin in a press release Wednesday. “But West Virginians are resilient and organizations like WorkForce West Virginia provide training and resources for our hardworking men and women. I am glad DOL has recognized the importance of WorkForce West Virginia’s programs by making this investment in our state.”
“As we continue to ease the burden placed on the coal industry by misguided federal policies, it is important that we take care of our miners and provide them new opportunities to earn a living,” Senator Shelley Moore Capito stated. “This funding will help current and future participants in reemployment programs further their career and provide for their families.”
Representative Evan Jenkins also responded to the announcement, stating: “While we are seeing coal mines reopen under the Trump administration, we still have a number of dislocated miners seeking opportunities to learn new skills and prepare for new careers. WorkForce West Virginia’s programs are critical to helping dislocated miners throughout West Virginia and diversifying our economy, and I will continue to work to provide them with much-needed funding,”