Some laid-off IBM employees may be able to get federal re-employment benefits.
After more than 400 people lost their jobs at Big Blue last summer, Vermont labor officials sought assistance under the Federal Trade Act, which assists workers who lose jobs due to foreign competition.
Federal officials this week granted the state's petition, meaning some unemployed workers can get retraining and other help in finding new jobs.
Right now the decision only includes people who worked at IBM's facilities in Williston. The state is reapplying to get coverage for those laid off from the Essex Junction site.