ALEXANDRIA — Louisiana’s labor department will hold orientation sessions for employees losing their jobs because of the closure of Hostess Brands Inc.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Hostess Brands employed 419 people in Louisiana. Four orientation sessions have been set beginning 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Central Louisiana Business Incubator in the Alexandria area, where Hostess employed more than 200. The commission said other sessions will be scheduled in other areas of Louisiana to tell workers about unemployment benefits and re-employment services.

Hostess got the OK from a bankruptcy judge this week to begin shutting down after failing to reach agreement to end a strike by a bakers’ union.