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Dell workers qualify for employment aid

Posted March 10, 2010 3:31 p.m. EST

— The U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday that workers at the Dell Inc. computer plant in Forsyth County are among 4,600 workers in 14 states eligible to apply for federal employment assistance.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance provides case management and re-employment services, training in new occupational skills and trade readjustment allowances that provide income support for workers enrolled in training. Some workers may also receive job search and relocation allowances, and the Health Coverage Tax Credit.

“Trade Adjustment Assistance will help these workers access the employment and training services they need to prepare for good jobs in promising industries,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said in a statement. “Helping workers who are impacted by trade and ensuring they are better positioned to secure permanent jobs that will bring them family-supporting wages is an important part of keeping the nation’s economic recovery on track.”

State employment officials will contact affected workers to provide instructions on how to apply for individual benefits and services.

Dell announced last fall that it would close the North Carolina plant, which assembles desktop computers, and eliminate more than 900 jobs. The company has twice extended the deadline for closing the plant, moving it from January to July.