Help for unemployed in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Nearly 600 people were laid off from Goody's corporate Monday, but they're not alone.

They are only the most recent addition to the job hunt.

There are a lot of programs out there to help you financially, and if you know where to go, you will hopefully be able to get by, until you're able to find a new job.

An anonymous former Goody's employee says "they should have given us 60 days notice but they didn't."

She's one of hundreds let go from Goody's Clothing corporate office, and the 60 day notice is a federal act called the Worker Notice and Retraining Notification Act.

The anonymous woman says "we're going to have to file with the courts, the bankruptcy courts in order to get our severance."

But now without a job many of the now unemployed say they need to get help.

Tim Witt with the Tennessee Career Center in Knoxville says "things have been pretty hectic the last couple of weeks with all the local closures and layoffs, its been really bad."

Hundreds head to the Tennessee Career Center in Knoxville daily, trying to find a job, and in the meantime unemployment may be able to help.

Tim says "it's temporary help. Hopefully temporary for most of the people, but with the economy the way it is today it may go longer than preferred."

You can apply for unemployment over the phone or online, and you can use the facilities at the Career Center.

Tim says "it helps them pay their bills, buy groceries and things like that."

Taking care of the family can be hard without a regular paycheck coming in, but there are other programs to help with your everyday bills.

Larry Crooks with the Knoxville office of Department of Human Services says "we're seeing more, I guess, what you'd call non-traditional clients with layoffs and shutdowns and closings, then we normally do."

At the DHS office more than 40,000 people, in Knox County alone, get food stamps.

Larry says "as far as an average allotment for a family, is a little over $200 a month."

To apply for Unemployment in Tennessee call 1-877-813-0850 or for more information or to apply Unemployment Online.

The Knox County DHS office for food stamps, medicaid and other programs can be reached at 865/594-6151. To apply for Food-stamps Online or to find your local DHS Office

For Medicaid and Tenncare information Click Here

For more information on the WARN Act, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

Local officials say to remember you're not alone during your job hunt, especially right now, and to go ahead and seek help if you need it.

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