Louisiana is getting $1 million in federal grant money to train residents needed as employees by specific industries, officials announced Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
The federal money targets the Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe areas and will be administered by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
Much of it is earmarked for apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training, on-the-job training and other classroom training for jobs in the technical-services, manufacturing, health care and professional employment sectors.
People targeted include those unemployed for more than 27 weeks, those whose unemployment insurance is about to expire, veterans and foreign-trained workers facing barriers to employment.
U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said a total $138 million will be distributed among 27 states and the Cherokee tribal nation. In all, about 15,000 people will be trained for some of the 5.1 million open jobs Perez said could be filled across the nation by workers trained in skills needed by employers in their states.
Louisiana’s $1 million grant was the smallest among the 28 recipients. Georgia received $1.97 million, and Vermont was awarded $2.3 million. At the top end of the list, California, Michigan, New York and Ohio each received $7 million.