The Georgia Department of Labor will provide assistance to employees who are expected to lose their jobs at Pierre Foods in Rome. Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says “The layoff at Pierre Foods in Rome will create a difficult situation for the workers and their families. I want them to know they’re not alone in dealing with this situation. The Georgia Department of Labor is committed to helping them find new jobs, or access training and educational opportunities to prepare for new careers.” Commissioner Thurmond said the labor department provides a wide range of transitional services to laid-off workers. These options include: on-site employee information sessions describing services available through the Georgia Department of Labor, assistance in filing claims for unemployment compensation, re-employment services, and access to retraining opportunities.