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GDOL to help workers expected to be laid-off at Wal-Mart in Macon
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Feb '09
Mr Michael Thurmond - Georgia State Labor Commissioner
Mr Michael Thurmond - Georgia State Labor Commissioner
State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said that the Georgia Department of Labor will provide assistance to employees who are expected to lose their jobs at Wal-Mart Stores in Macon.

Officials of Wal-Mart have notified the Georgia Department of Labor of their plans to close in September the retailer's Return Center, located at 3220 Avondale Mill Rd. in Macon. About 400 workers will be affected.

“The layoff at the Wal-Mart Return Center in Macon will create a difficult situation for the workers and their families,” said Commissioner Thurmond, “and I want them to know they're not alone in dealing with this problem. Our staff will work closely with the laid-off workers, company officials, and local elected officials in determining how to best assist the affected employees.”

Thurmond said the labor department provides a wide range of transitional services to laid-off workers. These options include: on-site employee information sessions describing services available through the Georgia Department of Labor, assistance in filing claims for unemployment compensation, re-employment services, access to retraining opportunities, skills assessment and correlation with available employment opportunities, special workshops on career options and resume writing and interviewing skills.

The Georgia Department of Labor conducts job search workshops, career counseling, and provides resource centers in each office. Some job seekers may also be eligible for occupational/skills training, on-the-job training, General Education Development (GED) preparation and testing, and supportive services such as child-care assistance, transportation assistance and meals while enrolled in full-time training.

Macon is served by the Georgia Department of Labor's Macon Career Center, located at 3090 Mercer University Dr. in Macon.

Georgia Department of Labor

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