State labor department to close 34 career centers

Friday, April 19, 2013 at 4:36pm
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The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced today it will close 34 of its career centers in a cost-savings move.

Burns Phillips, the department’s acting commissioner, said the restructuring of the career center network will allow a more economically effective service to Tennessee citizens. The move comes as federal dollars that funded the centers dried up.

Since 2004, career centers were operating at a deficit, and more than $32 million in one-time federal funding was used to supplement the program. When that funding ran out, Gov. Bill Haslam included $5 million of state funding in last year’s budget to give the department an opportunity to work on a plan to run the career centers efficiently and effectively moving forward.

“Citizens across the state will continue to have convenient access to career center services,” Phillips said in a release. “We understand the importance of providing support to job seekers and take that responsibility seriously. This plan allows us to rightsize the program and continue services to all 95 counties.”

The department said there were three main factors in determining service relocations: 1. career center locations required by law; 2. alignment with the governor’s jobs camps; and 3. most effective use of remaining federal funds to serve as many Tennesseans as possible.

Read here for a list of Tennessee Career Centers that will continue operations and the counties they will serve.

 

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5 Comments on this post:

By: Kosh III on 4/20/13 at 8:57

People being laid-off; job seekers having less help--yep! That's how the GOP focuses like a laser on jobs

By: pswindle on 4/21/13 at 9:49

Have you noticed that anything that will help the average Tennesseans is being shut down ant the greedy are getting sweetheart deals from our Governor and the Legislative Branch? Every law that they have passed in the last two years hurts the working people of this state and the rich as just gotten a little richer with every law that was passed and signed.

By: Ask01 on 4/22/13 at 4:14

I believe it was Boss Ramsey who declared the GOP dominated legislature would be "focused like a laser" on job creation.

Once again, that has proven to be mindless, empty, rhetoric, tossed out to fool the simpleminded who elected them into believing the party of NO! is working for their benefit.

At least it seems there is no requirement for the state to continue funding the program now that Federal funds have run out, unlike Mayor Dean's debacle requiring a property tax increase.

Either way, this does highlight the Haslam administrations dedication to creating and keeping jobs for Tennesseans.

Perhaps the governor could find jobs in the family business for those unemployed after the FBI and IRS finish gutting the operation.

By: Rasputin72 on 4/22/13 at 5:48

This is a good move by the state. Most not all of those that are out of work would rather be on the dole. Many are looking for positions that no longer exist .

By: kevin47881 on 4/22/13 at 12:09

It's not the job of the government to find you a job. That responsibility falls on the individual. Yes, I realize personal responsibility is an unknown concept to most but that doesn't make it false.