Baltimore County officials are urging workers who were laid off from the Sparrows Point steel mill this year to ensure they meet deadlines for receiving federal assistance.

The deadline for applying for Trade Adjustment Assistance is 26 weeks after a layoff. For some workers laid off this year, that date is approaching this month, county economic development officials say.

The benefits include funds for job training, extended unemployment compensation, relocation assistance, wage subsidies for certain workers who find reemployment, and other help.

Separately, the county is set to receive $1.4 million in federal funds to open an employment program at the Eastpoint Career Center for laid off Sparrows Point workers. The program will help them with work-skill assessments, career workshops, job applications and finding tuition assistance for occupational training.

For more information, call 410-288-9050 or visit baltimorecountymd.gov/steel.

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