One announcement sent shock waves throughout the Southeastern MA workforce this December. AJ Wright will close its distribution center in Fall River in January leaving 800 to compete in a workforce with 13.5% unemployment. Our challenge is that many workers have limited transferrable skills. These are the times that show how well staffing services can pull together with the community to ease the transition.
ABLE Associates screens the newly laid off, places some, and refers others to free training and English as a second language programs in our community. For those who register with us we offer an individualized web portal to aid in their job search.