Feds give $50M in aid to towns hit by auto layoffs

The federal government is making $50 million in federal funds available for green energy job training in communities hurt by layoffs in the auto industry.

President Barack Obama’s director of recovery for auto communities and workers, Ed Montgomery, announced the program Thursday in Dayton, Ohio.

He says funds will be used to train workers for jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors. It also will provide counseling and placement services to laid-off autoworkers.

The $50 million is part of $500 million provided to the U.S. Department of Labor through the federal stimulus law.

To qualify for the money, a community must have a motor vehicle manufacturer or supplier and experienced significant layoffs.

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