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State grants provide job help for 270 laid-off workers

State grants totaling more than $1 million will help provide job services for 70 workers laid off from Express Scripts in Bloomington and 200 workers laid off by Lockheed Martin in Eagan.

State grants totaling more than $1 million will help provide job services for 70 workers laid off from Express Scripts in Bloomington and 200 workers laid off by Lockheed Martin in Eagan. The workers will get help finding new careers, updating skills and learning job-hunting strategies.

The workers at Express Scripts, which manages pharmacy benefits, lost their jobs when the positions were relocated overseas. The state’s dislocated worker program will provide assistance worth $280,000.

The jobs at Lockheed Martin will disappear in the next couple of years; the company announced last year that it will close its Eagan facility, which makes parts for the P-3 surveillance plane. The closing in 2013 means the positions will be eliminated or transferred to Virginia, California or New York. The state program will provide $800,000 to help those workers.