State Rapid Response Offers Assistance to Laid Off Workers in Selma

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By George McDonald

From the CBS 8 West Alabama Newsroom--  Workers affected by mass layoffs at a Selma plant are getting some help from the state.

The state rapid response team is holding a series of meetings to help workers at the American Apparel plant with their options.
    
Company officials announced the imminent layoff of hundreds of workers after losing a government contract to make army combat uniforms.

A hundred people have already been laid off - eighty more will be laid off by November first - and a hundred more will be let go by March first.

Allen Friday is with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Rapid Response Team.

"And what we try to do is to come in as a team and provide these individuals who we call, will become dislocated workers with information on programs and services that will be available to them after they become dislocated or lose their job through no fault of their own such as through plant closing or a layoff situation," said Friday.

American Apparel is one of the largest employers in Dallas County which already has the third highest unemployment rate in the state.



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