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West Virginia: Job training funds dry up for the state’s unemployed

November 19, 2009 13:30 by Ann Pace
WorkForce West Virginia officials said they’ve run out of money for a program to retrain workers who have lost their jobs and will need to request more funding from the federal government.

Each fiscal year, the agency allocates federal Workforce Investment Act funding to seven districts across the state to retrain jobless workers in other careers. Those funds have dried up early in three districts hit with a particularly high number of layoffs – the districts encompassing Beckley, Parkersburg and Wheeling.

Workforce West Virginia Director Russell Fry said it’s hard to estimate just how much the state needs for the remainder of the fiscal year.

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