September 22, 2023

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $5 Million To Support Dislocated Workers


[CHICAGO, IL] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $5,000,000 for the Illinois Department of Commerce through the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Quality Jobs, Equity, Strategy and Training Dislocated Worker Grant Program to support unemployed and underemployed people access, return to or advance in high-quality jobs in infrastructure, environment and climate, the care economy and other critical and growing industries.

“Illinois is home to several growing industries as well as millions of hardworking and talented people,” said Duckworth. “As our economy continues evolving, we owe it to workers in changing industries to ensure there are resources available to help them recover and, if needed, learn the skills that will enable them to launch new careers in growing sectors of the economy—and this funding will help make that a reality.”

“Dislocated workers are facing unprecedented challenges as traditional industries evolve and automation reshapes the employment landscape,” said Durbin. “This federal investment will help us build safety nets capable of catching those who fall on hard times and provide them with the support they need to get back on their feet.”