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Laid off IBM workers in Vt. to get more help

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says more than 300 IBM workers laid off last year in the state are now eligible for training and employment services.

The U.S. Department of Labor had approved benefits for 115 IBM workers laid off in June in Williston. Benefits have now been extended to more than 300 workers who lost their jobs in the same round of layoffs at the Essex Junction facility. Also, IBM workers laid off last month also will be eligible for benefits.

The assistance includes up to 130 weeks of job training and unemployment benefits for workers in full-time job training programs; a wage subsidy for workers 50 and older and re-employed in jobs that pay less than $50,000; a health insurance tax credit; reimbursement for job relocation and job search.

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