Laid off Hostess employees still look for work

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POSTED: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 7:34pm

Dozens in the Baton Rouge area were left without a job and few answers after hostess announced they were shutting down. Thursday, people at the Louisiana Workforce Commission did what they could to get those workers back on their feet.

It’s been a few weeks since 402 state wide hostess employees have been laid off, 38 here in Baton Rouge. The orientation was held at the Louisiana Workforce Commission. "Well its still a shock were used to getting u in the morning and going to work and seeing your customers," says George Jones Jr, a former Hostess employee. George Jones Jr. worked for Hostess for over three decades and Joe Barton; only a few years, but both their lives changed they heard the news.

"So we didn't know until that day, then we came in and of course we are ya know devastated that we were all without a job," says Barton. But now a few weeks later, they are still trying to figure out their next move. "Because right now you're at the end of Christmas there's not a lot out there for anyone right now until after the first of the year," noted Barton.

With the help from the Louisiana Workforce Commission and other Louisiana organizations, these people have the chance to get back on their feet and join the workforce once again. "And now were basically just tying to recover we have to cone here and you know a lot of these guys you know don't even know how to fill out a resume cause they have been here so long," said Barton.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is providing assistance for these Hostess employees, to get them on their feet and back on a payroll.

"First and foremost when you have someone who has been working for 20 years and never had to look for a job their first priority is where my next check is coming from," says Greg Anders from the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

"They are giving us some help and teaching us how to go on la works do net to search for jobs and to see just what's out there," says Jones. Now, Jones and Barton are taking things one day at a time, and learning what they can so they can get back on their road to recovery a little faster.

For more information about the Louisiana Workforce Commission visit their website.
 

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