Laid Off Lockheed Workers Get State Aid

The state has awarded roughly $1.1 million in grants to aid Minnesota workers who were laid off; $800,000 will go to about 200 former Lockheed Martin employees, and $280,000 will benefit about 70 former Express Scripts workers.

Approximately 270 workers who were laid off from two employers in Minnesota will together receive more than $1 million in aid from the state, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) said on Tuesday.

The bulk of the funding-$800,000-will be allocated to former Lockheed Martin employees. The company in November announced plans to shutter its Eagan facility by 2013-a move that affects about 1,000 jobs. In January, the company notified about 250 workers that they would be laid off, while the remaining 750 workers would be relocated to facilities in New York, California, and Virginia.

According to DEED, about 200 former Lockheed workers will benefit from its Dislocated Worker Program, which grants funds to help laid off workers prepare to find a new job.

The remaining funds-$280,000-will help about 70 employees of St. Louis-based Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefits management company that relocated the positions from its Bloomington facility to overseas locations, DEED said.

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.