It didn't take long for Pascagoula's unemployment office to get busy. Several shipyard workers like Herbert Griffin made this their first stop after leaving the shipyard.
"I don't want to move again, so I'm looking forward to getting picked back up again," he said.
"This morning at 8 o'clock, we were made aware by Ingalls shipbuilding their lay off has taken place and by 8:15 the employees started coming to file for unemployment," Unemployment Director Marilyn Minor said.
Managers at the unemployment office expect the next few days to be busy and are bringing in extra help. Most employees are trying to stay optimistic and are hoping their jobs will be waiting on them next week.
"They're going to redistribute us to other parts of the shipyard, and in the next five days they're going to be processing, getting everything set up," Griffin said. "I'm going to get some rest for five days. I'll be around the house playing."
By Ken Flanagan