The U.S. Department of Labor is issuing a $3,145,776 National Emergency Grant increment to continue its re-employment assistance to approximately 600 workers who were laid off at 21 Houston-area companies.

For the most part, the layoffs stemmed from the termination of the Space Shuttle Program by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Many of the people who were laid off worked as contractors for the program at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

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