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      Ohio TMs laid-off workers to get more than $100 million

      Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis, announced Wednesday that nearly $18 million in funds will assist Ohio workers affected by recent layoffs. The announcement came a day after the U.S. Department of Labor certified Ohio to receive $88,169,529 in unemployment insurance modernization funding.

      Of the $18 million, 16 million represents newly authorized Trade Adjustment Assistance funds that will be used to assist workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade.

      The remaining $1,657,746 is an increase modification to an existing grant of $8,342,254 awarded on March 27. It will be used to aid approximately 700 additional workers affected by layoffs at the Chrysler Twinsburg Stamping Plant.

      The grant increase will allow affected workers of the Chrysler Twinsburg Stamping Plant to have access to the same employment-related services that other affected automotive workers in Ohio are receiving, the Secretary of Labor said.

      All affected workers at the stamping plant in Twinsberg have been certified by the Labor Department as eligible for TAA. They will have access to assessment, counseling, case management, job search, job placement and follow-up services

      Previously, the grant was serving approximately 2,428 dislocated General Motor and Chrysler workers in Moraine, Toledo, Lordstown and 12 other supplier companies located throughout Ohio.

      Resources for this modification to the grant are from the secretary of labor TMs discretionary fund under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. National Emergency Grants are awarded based on a state TMs ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit

      -Kristen Zenz