The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the state a new $12 million grant to help Washington workers negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, the Department of Labor has awarded $24 million in recovery grants to Washington — the largest amount of any state to date.

The state’s Employment Security Department (ESD) partnered with the Washington Workforce Association (WWA), the state Workforce Board (WTECB), and other key stakeholders to win the two National Dislocated Worker Grants.

This award will help workers negatively affected by COVID-19 gain employment and training for in-demand occupations that pay a living wage.

People who have lost their job through no fault of their own are eligible to get benefits under the grant rules. Those who are interested can contact their local WorkSource center via phone or email. All WorkSource offices currently are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.