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State asks feds for $33-million to help NUMMI workers

4,700 employees plus 24,000 others to be affected when plant closes mext month

State employment officials are seeking a $33 million grant from the federal government to help thousands of workers who will likely lose their jobs when the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant in Fremont closes next month.

The state Employment Development Department is anticipating that more than 4,700 auto workers employed at the NUMMI plant will lose their jobs, as well as perhaps 24,000 others employed by direct and indirect suppliers of the company, including automotive assemblers and warehouse, skilled trades, management and logistics workers.

"The state is working with all parties to come up with solutions to help those that will be affected by the NUMMI closure," state Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary Victoria Bradshaw said in a statement."

"Applying for this federal money is one of the tools that California can use to get these workers back on track," Bradshaw said.

State employment officials submitted a National Emergency Grant application to the U.S. Department of Labor on March 4, according to the EDD.

Workers affected by the NUMMI closure can find help with reemployment services, unemployment insurance and other resources at the NUMMI Reemployment Center across the street from the plant, at the Project Renew Center at Chabot College and at One-Stop Career Centers in the Fremont area.

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