After the wildfires in Sevier County, dozens of businesses have been damaged, destroyed, or temporarily closed, leaving many people without work.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) has two mobile job centers are already open and assisting workers in Pigeon Forge. They will open one in Cocke County next week to help workers displaced by recent wildfires.
• 149 Cates Lane, Pigeon Forge (former Boyd's Bear Factory)
• Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
• Sunday 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The American Job Center in Sevierville is also staffed and ready to assist displaced workers on that side of Sevier County.
• 1216 Graduate Drive, Sevierville
• Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
• Saturday, December 3 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
• Sunday, December 4 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Cocke County (Starting Monday, Dec. 5)
• Monday, December 5 9:00-4:00 Newport Community Center
• Tuesday, December 6 9:00-4:00 National Guard Armory
• Wednesday, December 7 9:00-4:00 Newport Community Center
Mobile American Job Centers are a computer resource center where dislocated workers can go online and apply for unemployment insurance benefits. Trained staff are available to assist people applying for benefits. Workers should bring as much information as possible with them, including bank account numbers, or an address where they can receive a debit card. Unemployment benefits cannot be issued at the mobile career centers.
To make the processing claims as efficient as possible, it is critical employers file a MASS LAYOFF LIST with TDLWD, That list will enable the department to bypass usual investigations into claims and approve claims in the fastest possible time frame. Employers can go online and file their mass layoff list electronically.