The state’s Employment Security Department awarded $3.7 million to the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, which serves Grays Harbor, Pacific, Mason, and Thurston counties, to help workers upgrade their skills and find work.
The funding comes from the federal Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act. The area is getting about $42,000 more than last year.
The council uses the funds to provide counseling, job-search assistance and training to laid-off workers.
“We know the economy is slowly recovering, but the Pacific Mountain workforce region continues to struggle with some of the highest unemployment in the state,” said Cheryl Fambles, chief executive officer of the council.
Employment Security will distribute some $48.9 million this year to the state’s 12 workforce councils based on population, unemployment levels and number of disadvantaged people. This is about $600,000 more than last year.
Anyone who would like to make use of these training funds is advised to visit their local WorkSource. Locations are listed at go2worksource.com.