The US Department of Labor today released $101 million to help states provide career training, job search and relocation assistance to U.S. workers who lose their jobs for trade-related reasons. Vermont’s total base allocation is $328,825. New Hampshire’s allocation is $564,903. Provided to 41 states, this money is the balance of the fiscal year (FY) 2009 Trade Adjustment Assistance(TAA) base allocations that were announced in October 2008. The Labor Department previously had provided $88 million for TAA activities under the federal government’s continuing resolution. For those qualifying states that experience large, unexpected layoffs during the year, the department maintains a reserve fund.”A revitalized Trade Adjustment Assistance program is an important element of our nation’s economic recovery,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) includes a major expansion and reform of the TAA program to ensure that all U.S. workers negatively affected by trade have the skills, resources and support to become re-employed.Mandated reforms to the TAA program will take effect May 18. Among these, the Recovery Act raises the annual cap on TAA training funds from $220 million to $575 million. The department soon will announce additional TAA training allocations to all states, based on the increased funding authorization to support implementation of the enhanced program.Editor’s note: Attached is a list of state distributions for FY 2009 TAA funds.Trade Adjustment AssistanceFY 2009 Base Allocation Distributions(including funds for training, job search and relocation allowances, and administration) State Distributions April 2009 Total FY 2009 under the C.R. Distributions TAA Base AllocationsAlabama $1,195,805 $1,506,352 $2,702,157Alaska $162,279 $204,422 $366,701Arizona $762,904 $961,029 $1,723,933Arkansas $1,411,711 $1,778,328 $3,190,039California $4,367,706 $5,501,986 $9,869,692Colorado $660,555 $832,101 $1,492,656Connecticut $899,187 $1,132,704 $2,031,891Delaware** $0 $0 $0District ofColumbia** $0 $0 $0Florida $1,047,176 $1,319,125 $2,366,301Georgia $1,702,489 $2,144,620 $3,847,109Hawaii** $0 $0 $0Idaho $747,087 $941,104 $1,688,191Illinois $3,491,122 $4,397,755 $7,888,877Indiana $3,113,109 $3,921,573 $7,034,682Iowa $1,598,003 $2,012,999 $3,611,002Kansas $867,526 $1,092,820 $1,960,346Kentucky $2,281,136 $2,873,542 $5,154,678Louisiana $191,453 $241,172 $432,625Maine $1,565,855 $1,972,502 $3,538,357Maryland $392,087 $493,910 $885,997Massachusetts $2,748,278 $3,461,998 $6,210,276Michigan $4,257,020 $5,362,555 $9,619,575Minnesota $1,251,951 $1,577,078 $2,829,029Mississippi $648,836 $817,337 $1,466,173Missouri $2,056,025 $2,589,968 $4,645,993Montana $346,743 $436,792 $783,535Nebraska $219,318 $276,275 $495,593Nevada $79,236 $99,814 $179,050New Hampshire* $564,903 $0 $564,903New Jersey $1,057,058 $1,331,573 $2,388,631New Mexico $145,718 $183,560 $329,278New York $1,541,973 $1,942,418 $3,484,391North Carolina $8,468,706 $10,668,002 $19,136,708North Dakota** $0 $0 $0Ohio* $6,483,294 $0 $6,483,294Oklahoma $975,638 $1,229,010 $2,204,648Oregon $2,466,762 $3,107,371 $5,574,133Pennsylvania $5,645,167 $7,111,200 $12,756,367Puerto Rico** $0 $0 $0Rhode Island* $1,169,427 $0 $1,169,427South Carolina $3,202,355 $4,033,998 $7,236,353South Dakota $260,008 $327,533 $587,541Tennessee $1,589,987 $2,002,901 $3,592,888Texas $4,213,969 $5,308,325 $9,522,294Utah $567,060 $714,325 $1,281,385Vermont $145,517 $183,308 $328,825Virginia $2,726,306 $3,434,320 $6,160,626Washington $4,487,219 $5,652,535 $10,139,754West Virginia $1,159,608 $1,460,754 $2,620,362Wisconsin $3,617,181 $4,556,553 $8,173,734Wyoming** $0 $0 $0U.S. Total $88,552,453 $101,197,547 $189,750,000* New Hampshire, Ohio and Rhode Island requested and received their full FY 2009 base allocations under thecontinuing resolution.** States that would receive a base allocation of less than $100,000 under the TAA funding formula do not receive a base allocation, but TAA funds are available from the reserve account.U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at www.dol.gov(link is external). The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office upon request. Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755. The Labor Department is committed to providing America’s employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/compliance(link is external).SOURCE U.S. Department of Labor. WASHINGTON, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
West Ham have been dealt another injury blow after Ricardo Vaz Te dislocated his shoulder against Swansea on Sunday. Press Association However, there will be concern at Upton Park as the 27-year-old suffered a similar injury last season which required surgery and kept him out for almost three months. Boss Sam Allardyce is already without his main striker Andy Carroll, who has yet to play this season due to a foot injury. Carlton Cole, who came on as a second-half substitute at Swansea, is in line to make his first start since re-signing for the Hammers when they travel to Burnley in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night. Portuguese striker Vaz Te had to go off during the first half of the goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium and faces a spell on the sidelines. The Hammers have told Press Association Sport there is no timescale for his recovery at the moment.