WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $1,083,750 in federal funding to provide relief to miners and their families living in coal communities that have experienced layoffs. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awarded the funding to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to continue ongoing reemployment efforts for workers who have been dislocated.

“The changing coal economy has put some workers out of a job through no fault of their own,” said Brown. “This grant will give Ohio the tools to continue its support for displaced workers and help them get back on their feet.”

Ohio received an initial investment of $916,250 last year after DOL approved a National Dislocated Worker Grant for the state. The award announced today will bring Ohio’s total federal funding for these efforts to $2 million.

The funding is affiliated with the inter-agency Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative. The POWER Initiative aims to strengthen local economies impacted by the changing coal economy.