ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials say the state has been awarded a $7.7 million federal grant to help more than 6,500 people who are moving to the state because of military base realignment.

Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin announced the grant Wednesday, along with Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who has focused on the state’s response to the influx of thousands of military jobs.

The National Emergency Grant from the Labor Department will help Maryland and the District of Columbia assist people who are seeking jobs to get through the federal hiring process.

Maryland officials say military base realignment will have brought as many as 20,000 direct federal jobs in Maryland by
September. They also say up to 40,000 indirect and induced jobs will result by 2015.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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