Whirlpool Workers Being Laid Off in Searcy Can Get Training

NOVEMBER 21, 2006 - Posted at 3:54 p.m. CST

SEARCY, AR - Workers losing their jobs at the former Maytag plant in Searcy are eligible for federal job training.

Maytag was acquired by Whirlpool, which said in May it would close the Searcy laundry plant and lay off its 600 workers.

Workers who are displaced are eligible for job training assistance from the U.S. Labor Department.  The department has certified that the workers of the Searcy Maytag facility who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after October 11 can apply for one of two programs.  One is for younger workers and one is for older workers.

One program's benefits and services are geared to help eligible workers get back to work.  The alternate program allows older workers, for whom retraining may not be appropriate, to accept re-employment at a lower wage and receive a wage subsidy.

Both programs offer services that include employment counseling, resume writing and interview skills workshops, job search programs, and job referrals.

Some workers may be eligible for tax credits for health care.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)