Dorgan says economic recovery plan will help dislocated Bobcat workersU.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., today said that the economic recovery plan signed into law earlier this year will provide more than $6 million to help dislocated workers and others looking for a job.
U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., today said that the economic recovery plan signed into law earlier this year will provide more than $6 million to help dislocated workers and others looking for a job.
For Bobcat employees who will lose their job due to the company consolidating its North Dakota manufacturing operations, Dorgan said the recovery funding will help provide job training, employment services and extending unemployment benefits, among other things.
Dorgan, who supported the recovery program which was meant to steer our country out of the financial ditch, said that in addition to funding job creation efforts, the legislation also included provisions to help displaced workers. North Dakota received the following funding in the economic recovery package to help workers who lose their jobs or others searching for a job:
·$900,000 for dislocated workers – funding is to provide employment and training services.
·$2.9 million for employment services – funding is for job search assistance, skills assessment and labor market information to job seekers and employers.
·$1.2 million for Workforce Investment Act adult program – funding is for job training services, adult education, apprenticeships, etc.
· $1 million for extended unemployment benefits.
“With the recent Bobcat layoffs, we have seen that while North Dakota’s economy is stronger than the rest of the nation, we are not immune to the recession we’re in,” said Dorgan.
“The economic recovery program that was signed into law earlier this year was designed to assist workers who have lost their jobs,” Dorgan added. “The funds in this legislation will help these Bobcat workers through this very difficult time.”