Laid-off GE workers qualify for more government aid

Workers previously laid off by General Electric's Lexington Glass Plant Lighting may be eligible for additional federal assistance, the state announced Wednesday.

State officials said in a news release that the U.S. Department of Labor has certified GE as an "adversely affected employer" under the federal Trade Act, which provides assistance to workers of companies hurt by import competition.

The move covers workers laid off on or after July 14, 2008. Any who have ran out of unemployment benefits may be eligible for retroactive benefits. Workers can also apply for financial assistance, as well as help with training, job searches and relocation. This assistance will be available through Dec. 23, 2011.

Applications may be filed at the Central Kentucky Job Center at 1055 Industry Road. For more information, call 425-2180.