The State Employment Security Commission says laid-off workers at Halliburton Energy Services Inc. technology Duncan are now eligible for the Trade Act program by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The act is meant to provide help to those who lose jobs or significant work hours because of increased imports or a shift in production out of the country. Workers have to meet three criteria: They must be laid off or threatened with layoff, sales or production for the employer must have decreased and an increase in imports of products made by the firm must contribute to layoffs or the threat of layoffs.
The Trade Readjustment Assistance program provides additional unemployment compensation to individuals who are in full time Trade Adjustment Assistance occupational training.
The goal, according to the announcement is to help the laid-off workers return to suitable employment as quickly as possible.
Layoffs at Halliburton operations in Duncan have left the city and Stephens County with the State’s highest unemployment rate over the past few months.
Those workers who were laid off can contact their nearest Workforce Oklahoma Center at 1-888-980-WORK (9675).