Defuniak Springs Job Fair

The Perdue Poultry Plant in Northwest Florida has officially closed and the state is helping displaced workers find new jobs.

With a projected annual loss of $38 million to the Walton County economy, the state brought in its crisis team to help the newly unemployed.

Satellite trucks equipped with computer stations linked to employment sites arrived in Defuniak Springs. Counselors helped those filing for unemployment, and they helped the newly unemployed with resumes.

Nearly all say they hope to land a job quickly but, they remain "bitter" at the way Perdue left town. Up until February, the company denied it would shut down the plant.

For the time being, Perdue will maintain its Defuniak Springs feed mill, which employs just a few dozen people.

The Perdue Job Fair and counseling session will continue today at the "Jobs Plus" office, located along Highway 83, a block from the Defuniak Springs Civic Center.