Up to $29.4 million from the National Emergency Grant has been awarded to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development to benefit Atlantic City casino workers impacted by last year's casino closings.

The grant money will be used to fund employer-driven training programs and help affected workers learn new skills for reemployment in new and emerging job sectors.

In a press release today, Congressman Frank LoBiondo said, “Today’s news is certainly welcome for Atlantic city casino workers and the greater Atlantic County region. A key consideration of any business looking to open its doors or expand operations is a readily available workforce. As we work in partnership to bring new economic opportunities to the region, this federal funding will ensure residents will be properly trained and prepared to step into those jobs.”