Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $1,665,000 in federal funding to help create disaster relief jobs for laid-off workers in Maryland. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs).
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided $345 million nationwide for DWGs in response to the record levels of unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants will create temporary disaster-relief related jobs for individuals affected by mass layoffs, and fund job training for industries who need additional workers at this time.
“Individuals across Maryland have lost jobs, been furloughed or suffered reduced hours as a result of this crisis,” the delegation said. “At the same time, certain frontline industries have demand for additional capacity. These federal funds aim to help to address these challenges head on. We will continue to work as a united delegation throughout this crisis to support Marylanders in every way possible.”
These grant awards are allocated based on the numbers of confirmed cases. DWGs temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker training and employment programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses. Additional information about DWGs can be found here.