Creedmoor plant closing tough on unemployed
Posted September 19, 2012 7:38 p.m. EDT
Updated September 20, 2012 11:54 a.m. EDT
Creedmoor, N.C. — Brittany Grooms, who has been unemployed for two years, often finds herself in front of a computer, typing and looking for work.
"Where I have to go to find a job," said Grooms, a single mother of three. "Wherever I have to go."
But her search in Granville County, which is struggling with a 10.2 percent unemployment rate, just got tougher.
Maysteel, a company that produces sheet metal enclosures, will shut down its operations in Creedmoor, cutting almost 100 jobs. A company representative said Maysteel is moving manufacturing operations to its plants in Wisconsin and Mexico.
"We definitely have a smaller workforce than a Wake County or a Mecklenburg County, and it's never good to have a job loss," said Monica Satterwhite with the state Division of Workforce Solutions. "We want to make sure they know what their options are."
Satterwhite manages the Granville unemployment office.
She wants the affected workers to know they can file for unemployment and seek help to find work.
Grooms is worried, too, about the plant closing because it means more competition.
And finding work has already proven so tough.
"A lot of people losing work, everybody is looking for work."