The U.S. Department of Labor is introducing a $1,825,595 National Emergency Grant for re-employment services for approximately 250 workers who were laid off by XL Four Star Beef after the company closed its beef processing and packing plant in June in Nampa, Idaho.

"I know that it is difficult to find a job in an area experiencing high unemployment," says Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "That's why this federal grant, which will support the retraining of Canyon County residents is so important. The Obama administration is committed to assisting both these workers, and at the same time, Idaho's businesses by making sure the local labor force is ready and able to help support the state's growing industries."

The Idaho Department of Labor is receiving the grant, and it will use skill assessment tools and career counseling to detect education and retraining opportunities, including English as a secondary language. Initially, $928,386 of the total funding amount will be released. Further monetary assistance of up to the amount approved will be available as Idaho shows a sustained need for assistance.

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