Shipyard Layoffs, Impact In Newport News

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              Contact: Johnny Alvarado

September 15, 2015                                                                                                 (757) 897-3953

 

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The announcement this morning from the Newport News Shipbuilding that they will lay off 480 people is devastating to our community, and will have an impact on our local economy. Since the announcement this morning, Delegate David Yancey has been in contact with our local congressional delegation, management at the Newport News Shipbuilding, as well as the manufacturers association to seek alternative opportunities for these people.

“It is never easy to hear of a person losing their job, it can be devastating to a family,” Yancey said. “I am focusing on finding resources to guide people to during this difficult time of transition.”

Yancey is currently in discussions with the Virginia Manufacturers Association to develop plans to help displaced workers find new positions that are commensurate with their skills.

“Layoff’s like this is why I am fighting in Richmond to diversify our economy, making us less dependent on military related employment to keep our economy growing,” Yancey said.

As a service to constituents who are impacted by this layoff, my office is available to provide any assistance it can, he added.

The following two links to Websites on employment may be of assistance to those seeking employment:

Information on Unemployment – http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed

Find a Job Resources – http://www.vec.virginia.gov/find-a-job

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