The Martinsville Bulletin reports that GSI Commerce Inc., a call center located in town, is going to close down, laying off 279 people. GSI has four call centers and will consolidate down to three; Martinsville was the unlucky loser. To an already depressed economy, this is another colossal set-back.
Remember that Martinsville has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 20.2%. And remember that Republicans just shot down amendments expanding eligibility criteria for unemployment benefits, and in effect, turning down $125 million in stimulus funds for helping displaced workers. Absolutely infuriating.