Former Hitachi employees seek help at Harrodsburg unemployment event

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - Several groups are offering to help those recently laid off from Hitachi in Harrodsburg, many of who are job searching for the first time in decades.

Photo: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Richard Abbey is looking for a job for the first time in 37 years. This morning he filled out unemployment forms at the Mercer County Public Library with the other workers who received pink slips last week.

Hitachi has not released information on exactly how many workers are being laid off, but Abbey says it’s just over 100.

"There's a lot of people that are hurting, and they are hurting bad. But I am lucky because they did give severance, and it will help out,” said Abbey. “But the security of the job and over 30 years of employment is the security I woke up with every morning."

The Mercer County public library will also be hosting a job fair on October 20 for those who were recently laid off. Several manufacturing employers who attended today’s unemployment event say there a multitude of open positions in central Kentucky for these displaced workers.