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Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) today announced a Department of Labor grant of up to $2.17 million to assist dislocated workers in South Dakota. The National Emergency Grant will have an initial release of $795,000 with the remainder of the funds to follow.

“These funds will help many South Dakotans who find themselves out of work after recent layoffs in North Sioux City and Sioux Falls,” said Senator Thune. “The money provided through this grant will help dislocated workers move forward with job training and career counseling. Losing your job is tough, but these services will help many South Dakota workers land on their feet.”

Recent layoffs at Gateway Computers in North Sioux City and Sioux Falls have affected 1,140 workers. The grant announced today will help serve up to 700 of those dislocated workers. Transition services, career counseling, job training and relocating services will be provided through the grant. Many of the services will focus on preparing dislocated workers for jobs in growing industries around the state. The South Dakota Department of Labor will oversee the grant.