The Employment Security Department is announcing this year’s distribution of Workforce Development Funds, with $4.1 million coming to the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council. That total is about $231,000 less than last year. The funding for the 2013-2014 fiscal year comes from the federal Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act. The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council and similar councils through the state use these dollars to provide counseling, skill assessments, job-search assistance and training to laid-off workers, low-income adults and disadvantaged young people. The total statewide allocation of $45 million is about $3.8 million less than last year.