State responds to Kmart closures

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development is ready to aid the more than 900 employees of Alaska's Kmarts when those stores close here, according to the state labor commissioner.

Greg O'Claray said in a statement Thursday that his agency has ''ready response teams'' that will aid workers when the state's five Kmart stores close.

The response teams will be available to come to the stores, if asked, and explain the unemployment insurance program, job market trends, job search programs, career planning assistance and the availability of funds for retraining, said Mark Mickelson of the department's security program.

Individual workers can also get help from the state's Job Centers, he said.

Kmart announced Tuesday it is closing stores in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai and Juneau as part of an effort to emerge from bankruptcy.

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