Griffith and Hurt had better hit the ground running. Because the implosion of the manufacturing sector in Southwest Virginia continues:
Job loss looms in Henry CountyThis doesn't have to be.
By Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times
The bad news: Major permanent job loss looms. Stanley Furniture Co. announced in May its plans to cease domestic production of wooden furniture and transition to focusing primarily on imports. It estimated then that about 530 people would lose their jobs before year's end.
Related job cuts began Oct. 22. But the bulk of workers will be discharged at the end of December, said Christy Landon, Stanley's corporate human resources manager. She said Thursday that the final tally of jobs eliminated is likely to be slightly higher than 530.
Since January 2005, Martinsville's lowest unemployment rate has been 6.2 percent -- recorded in October 2006, according to the VEC. The city has had double-digit unemployment since January 2008. [link]
This doesn't have to be.