Eligible workers impacted by layoffs in Wyoming's coal industry can receive up to $6,500 toward the cost of a retraining program thanks to a federal grant.

The U.S. Department of Labor National Dislocated Worker Grant can be used by those who worked directly for coal companies or for coal manufacturing and transportation businesses.

Workers in Campbell, Converse, Crook, Johnson, Niobrara, Sheridan and Weston counties are eligible to receive funding, according to a news release from the office of Governor Matt Mead.

"Coal is important to Wyoming," Mead said in the release. "The coal industry and its employees are going through a tough time. We continue to do all we can to assist the workers that need help and training or new employment. I encourage anyone affected by the layoffs to visit the workforce centers for more information on this program.

Mead and the Department of Workforce Services worked with the Wyoming Workforce Development Council, as well as local economic development groups and other organizations, to access the federal funding.

"The Department of Workforce Services and its partners have been working diligently to help individuals impacted by layoffs to get back on their feet," said John Cox, director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. "This grant will provide extra support to enhance our efforts. We encourage all individuals facing layoffs, regardless of industry, to stop by a local workforce center to learn about the wide array of resources and assistance available to them."

Anyone who has been laid off in Wyoming can find resources at all Department of Workforce Services centers in the state.

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