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Iowa Workforce Development offices will close

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cherokee office among 6 in NW Iowa to close

DES MOINES (AP) - Iowa Workforce Development is proposing closing three dozen field offices and cutting 100 jobs to meet Gov. Terry Branstad's proposed budget.

Agency Director Teresa Wahlert outlined the plan to a legislative subcommittee on Thursday.

She proposes closing 39 of the 55 state's field offices and maintaining 16 regional offices. She says the state would move computers and other technology from the closing offices to the state's public libraries, where many jobless workers go to look for jobs and write resumes.

In all, about 75 state employment workers would be cut. Nearly 35 positions are vacant.

Wahlert says many of the offices that would close have limited hours and part-time staffs.

Branstad's budget would cut the agency's funding by 6.3 percent to about $15.7 million.

Iowa Workforce Development is closing several offices around the state. but teaming up with other agencies to make sure services are still provided.

Field offices in Orange City, Cherokee, Estherville, Emmetsburg, Storm Lake, and Denison are just six of the dozens around the state that will close sometime after July 1.

About 107 positions will be cut statewide. An estimated 30 are currently vacant and won't be filled.

The agency is consolidating 55 field offices into 16 regional offices. Sioux City and Spencer are two of those locations that will not be shuttered and some workers will be able to transfer there.

When the smaller offices close, people will be able to access Workforce Development information on their home computer, at their public library, or their local ISU Extension office.

A spokesperson says the transition could take six months to a year.

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