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Job losses hit unexpectedly

When employees arrive at their work place for their regular shift and are met with the greeting “we are closing” it is shocking.

That’s what apparently happened to workers at Global Contact Services (GCS) in Pulaski Wednesday.

About 40 neighbors, family and friends are now among the millions of unemployed Americans seeking jobs.

MOOG, a defense contractor in Montgomery County, has indicated 50 jobs, or five percent of its work force will be lost through voluntary layoffs.

The company is asking volunteers to step forward in hopes involuntary layoffs can be avoided.

The job losses are blamed on the national economy, which some leaders say is on its way up, while others declare it still looks gloomy.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the February jobless rate in the country was 8.3 percent with 12.8 million Americans out of work in January.

Bureau statistics show 7.3 million temporary workers are without jobs, while those who have been jobless for 22 weeks or more total 5.5 million.

There are 8.2 million part-time workers in the U.S. who show up for work for various reasons: added income, to stay busy, funds for medicine, housing, clothing and food, or for vacations, grandchildren or many.

When you hear that local workers have given it a good shot, done a phenomenal job and then there have always been staffing problems because people did not want to commit, you wonder.

Commitment is necessary for success and sustainability of business, a church, a civic organization or other undertakings.

A chicken makes a contribution to a meal of ham and eggs. A hog makes a commitment. There is a big difference.

We are saddened for those losing their jobs and hope that jobless time will be short and the search fruitful.