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State closing three career centers in Shelby County

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The State Department of Labor and Workforce Development is closing 34 career centers and laying off 125 employees state wide.

Here in Shelby County, three centers will be closed resulting in the loss of eleven jobs and a precious resources job seekers use to find employment.

Jeff Hentschel the spokesman for the agency says the reason for the closings, like most closings, is there just isn't any more money.

For around ten years the center operated using a 32 million dollar one time-time federal fund. When that ran out an additional 5 million dollar fund was given to the department last year to give them time to develop a new plan for running the career center network.

They have that plan in place, online and over the phone. Unemployment help that will soon replace all walk in job centers. But that move for Shelby Countians is on down the line.

The current closings and layoffs will go into effect July 1st.

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