Butler Co. plans rapid response for workers

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GREENVILLE, AL (WSFA) - For years the Chapman Forest Plant has been the backbone of Butler County, manufacturing plywood and lumber, and employing what many call one of the strongest workforces around.

Janis Grayson with the Employment Office says, "We've had a lot of people that have been there 20 to 30 years maybe 40 years.  They haven't have look for work, and looking for work has changed drastically during the last 5 years."

To bring a workforce uncomfortable with online applications and digital resumes up to speed the Alabama Employment Office in Greenville is hosting a rapid response program.

To get these folks on the fast track to a new career.

"We want to help them start looking for work, get their resumes in shape get signed up for unemployment, there are services in the community they may not be aware of."

While the rapid response is in full swing, the backlash from the first round of layoffs is evident in Butler County, bumping its unemployment rate to 13.2%.

Now another round of layoffs slashed 263 more workers adding insult to injury.

Georgiana Mayor Mike Middleton expects the closure of Forest Chapman Products to force the city to layoff some of its employees.