Reacting to Job Cuts
But, for those 3M employees who will lose their jobs, there's help available.
"The jobs that were lost there were high quality, good paying jobs with benefits," says David Meyer, marketing director of Redi. "So, that will be a challange, an ongoing challange to replace those kinds of jobs here in the community."
The Missouri Career Center offers services to laid-off employees through the dislocated worker program. Re-employment assistance includes: worker assessment, counseling and help with basic educational skills. Job search assistance then teaches job seekers how to properly search for openings.
On-the-job-training allows workers to learn new job skills while earning a paycheck. And classroom occupational training helps job seekers change their careers.
"Columbia is growing and vibrant and it is regretable that several companies are doing what they're doing, but I don't see a decline," says Greg Wingert, vice-president of Professional Services for Job Point.
Although there may not be a decline, 240 area residents suddenly need new jobs.