Laid-off state worker struggles with unemployment

State workers are among those who have been hit by the recession. Faced with a potential $200 million dollar state budget deficit, Governor Jim Douglas wants to lay off 660 people. But some were let go even before the governor announced the latest round of state job cuts. VPR’s John Dillon has this report on a state worker who was told right before Christmas that she’d lose her job.

State launches new job training program

State officials are excited about a new job training program that they say could help potential workers and employers. As VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, people who complete the course will return to the work force with what amounts to a seal of approval.