WILMINGTON — A $3.87 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor is funding career retraining for employees losing their jobs as a DHL restructuring wipes out thousands of positions at its U.S. freight hub, just outside of Wilmington.

Two transition centers are operating in the Wilmington area, including one at DHL's Wilmington Air Park, to connect laid-off employees with career retraining opportunities. A third transition center is to open within a week at 100 W. Main St. in Wilmington, according to a state and local task force planning the region's economic redevelopment.

The new office will serve workers laid off by companies indirectly affected by the DHL hub employment reductions. The original two offices are focused on serving those laid off by DHL and the two airlines which fly cargo from the hub, ABX Air and ASTAR Air Cargo.

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