Friday June 29, 2012

BOSTON (AP) - A new federal grant aims to help Massachusetts workers who have been affected by layoffs.

The U.S. Labor Department says nearly $2.7 million will be available to assist 345 Massachusetts workers affected by layoffs at AdLife Healthcare LLC, Fidelity Investments, Fidelity National Information Services Inc., National Grid USA Service Co. Inc., Quantech Services Inc. and Sun Life Financial.

The grant money, which was awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development, will provide job search and support services, as well as employment-related assistance.

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said the federal grant will help connect these workers with jobs in "growing local industries."

Layoffs at Massachusetts locations for these companies are expected to continue through the fall.