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Cenla Workforce Gains and Losses

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ALEXANDRIA, La. - This year in Cenla with the potential closing of the Dabadie correctional facility, and job reductions at Pinecrest and Central Hospital more then three hundred Cenla jobs will be lost. News Channel Five's Nolan Crane shows us why despite the bad news, the Alexandria unemployment office says there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The staff at the Workforce Commission want to remind everyone that workers here in Cenla have rebounded before and there are still a lot of jobs available for people out of work. If the decision made by Governor Jindal to close the Dabadie correctional facility is finalized, approximately 80 jobs will be lost.

"I'm the wife of a correctional officer who is about to lose his job. My husband has been with doc for over twenty years," says Mistie Dubroc.

And earlier this year Pinecrest announced that they are reducing their staff and with the closing of central hospital, Cenla will be losing more than 300 jobs. Which has hundreds of families facing some tough decisions.

"For us the choice is going to be very difficult because it means we're going to have to move out of this town for him to keep his state job which means I'm going to give up my job which is also in this town. That also means so of my family will come with us to," says Mistie Dubroc.

The staff here at the Louisiana Workforce Commission say Cenla has rebounded from similar job loses in years past

"In 2009 it was international paper, with 230 laid off followed not long after that with union tank," says Dara Antee.

But Dara wants everyone to remain optimistic.

"It's unfortunate, it's not devastating we have a very resilient area in Central Louisiana," says Dara Antee.

For those looking for a job, the workforce commission offers some services to help get you employed.

"All you have to do is come down to the unemployment office; they'll help you find a job. They even held the application for me so I could come back the next day and finish it," says Michael Owens.

And despite the jobs that Cenla might lose, were told there are still a lot of jobs available.

"I believe we listed about 180 on laworks.net just for our local area here," says Dara Antee.

The Louisiana workforce offers free help with writing a resume and going over interviewing tips. And a lot of people we spoke with remain hopeful that Dabadie will not be closed so the employees will not have to look for other jobs.


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