DEED Grants $1.5M to Aid Laid-Off MN Workers

A total of $1.5 million has been awarded through the state's Dislocated Worker Program to help aid Minnesotans who were recently laid off and are looking for employment.

A total of 456 workers who were recently laid off from five Minnesota businesses may benefit from grants made available by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

DEED said on Thursday that it awarded $1.5 million through its Dislocated Worker Program to provide services designed to aid laid-off workers as they search for new jobs.

“Losing a job can cause significant stress for workers and their families and communities,” DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips said in a statement. “The Dislocated Worker Program helps ease the transition for people who are looking for new work or want to train for new careers.”

A $200,000 grant will aid 50 former employees of Minneapolis-based Capella University, which announced cuts to its staff in February, citing an uncertain economic environment.

Fifty employees who were laid off from Smead Manufacturing Company in Hastings will benefit from a $150,000 grant. The workers lost their jobs when the company, which manufactures and distributes paper filing supplies, moved production outside of the United States.

A $215,000 grant will provide Dislocated Worker Program services to 60 former employees of DBC Foods in St. Cloud. They lost their jobs due to the outsourcing of meat and deli production, DEED said.

A total of $250,800 will aid 66 former AT&T Mobility workers from Duluth whose jobs were eliminated when the company shuttered a collection service call center.

Tyco Electronics in Eden Prairie eliminated local jobs when it transferred production work to its Juarez, Mexico, facility. A $690,000 grant has been awarded to provide services to 230 former employees of the company.

The Dislocated Worker Program provides assistance to both laid off individuals and employers facing large-scale layoffs. Laid-off workers can receive one-on-one counseling to develop a plan for finding employment-including career planning and job search services, among other benefits. Employers considering layoffs of more than 50 workers can tap the program for assistance to ensure compliance with federal regulations and offer on-site services to employees.