Nearly $2.2 million to help Missouri workers affected by Hostess layoffs

The U.S. Department of Labor says a nearly $2.2 million grant has been awarded to help 400 workers in Missouri affected by Hostess layoffs.

The $2,183,749 National Emergency Grant is to be used for training and re-employment services for the workers.

Most of the Hostess Brands, Inc. workers were employed at 39 work sites throughout Missouri.

The grant also will serve Missouri residents employed at three locations in Kansas and one in Oklahoma. It may also assist workers leased to Hostess by other companies.

The grant, awarded to the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, will provide assistance  and other benefits to workers they will receive as a result of their eligibility for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

Under this grant and the TAA program, affected workers will receive the training and support services they need to successfully find new jobs in their state.

In February, the department certified approximately 18,000 workers laid off in 48 states from 864 Hostess company locations as eligible to apply for TAA benefits.

According to the Department of Labor, $1,257,671 will be released initially. Additional funding, up to the amount approved, will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

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