$4.6 million grant to help laid-off western Kentucky workers

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — About 875 laid-off western Kentucky workers will get help with job training and resume writing thanks to a $4.6 million federal emergency grant announced Friday.

The U.S. Department of Labor said the money will go to the West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board. The money is supposed to help the 875 workers who lost their jobs with the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and GE Aviation in Madisonville.

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell had written a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez urging the department to approve the grant. McConnell said he hopes the money will help the workers develop marketable skills for new opportunities.

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield said the grant is an important step for employment growth and economic development in his district.


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