RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is receiving more than $6 million in federal funds for job training programs for laid-off workers. The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding more than $154.7 million nationwide through the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program. Officials say the funds will be used to train workers who lost a job through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says providing workers with access to the skills training needed to pursue in-demand jobs is critical to expanding opportunity and to helping businesses grow and thrive. The funding will help create or expand employer partnerships and provide career counseling and job placement. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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