Montgomery County to offer help to former Payless employees

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County announced Tuesday it plans to help those affected by the closure of Payless Shoes.

With the recent announcement of Payless Shoes’ closure, Montgomery County’s Workforce Development Division plans to help those affected employees find new employment quickly. The county said in a statement Tuesday it has developed a rapid response to business closures.

While officials initially said that all employees would be let go on or close to May 1, a newly submitted letter states that the facility will close its doors for good on June 15.

“My heart goes out to the workers and their families who will be impacted by this closure. At Montgomery County, we are committed to providing job placement and training services to all our dislocated workers, and we also offer safety net and support services to help people get through this difficult time,” said Debbie Lieberman, Montgomery County Commission President. “Montgomery County has spent the last decade enhancing our local economy and diversifying job opportunities for our workforce. We are prepared for this situation, and we will leverage all available resources to help these workers transition to the next phase in their careers.”

The county’s rapid response includes connecting Payless employees with services like food assistance, child care, medical services, and guiding them through the unemployment application process.

Recruiters from Montgomery County’s Job Center will work individually with the workers impacted from the closure and will support each worker until they find new employment.

As part of the response, Montgomery County’s Workforce Development division is organizing a job fair for current Payless employees on May 10 from 10 am to 2 pm.

The job fair will be held at the Payless Distribution Center at 1 Collective Way in Brookville. Businesses interested in having a free booth at the job fair can register at www.ohiomeansjobs.com/Montgomery. There is a link in the event listing under “OMJ MC Events.”

“Our Workforce Development staff is always prepared for business closures,” said Marvene Mitchell, Director of Workforce Development for Montgomery County. “We know how difficult a layoff can be to workers and their families. We’ll have an orientation for the affected workers and help them get immediate assistance. Then our recruiters will work one-on-one with each person until they find new employment. Our goal is to get each worker into a new job that fits their skills and interests as quickly as possible.”

For more information on services available through the Montgomery County Job Center, contact the Job Bank at (937) 225-5627 or visit the red door at 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton.

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