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Tyson job cut could hurt local businesses

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WALLULA, Wash. - With five hundred people laid off from the Tyson plant in Wallula officials said local businesses could feel the effects.

Plans are being made to have workshops for people who have been laid off.

Members of area Work Source Agencies plan on heading out to the Tyson Plant within three weeks.  They will provide them with information on how to fill out unemployment papers, possible jobs, and training.

Most workers affected live in Pasco.  The Pasco development director thinks this could have a significant effect on local businesses because people who have been laid off will have less money to spend.

Work Source Director, Todd Dixon said he does not think these people will be out of work for long. 

He said, "They're workers and they have a great work ethic and there's going to want to work as opposed to being laid off.  They're going to want to work to support their families so I think the transition will go as smooth as it can."

October 16th is the last day of work for people affected by the lay off.  Tri-Dec officials said they do not think this will have a serious long-term effect on the local economy.