Idaho Department of Labor Releases St. Maries and Kellogg Area Service Plan

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Sept. 23, 2019
Information Contact: Georgia Smith, (208) 332-3570 ext. 2102

The Idaho Department of Labor will implement its new service model in the St. Maries area, providing direct mobile services to St. Maries, Kellogg and Plummer, beginning Monday, Sept. 30.

Labor staff will offer walk-in hours and appointment times in all three communities with the same services staff have traditionally provided. Those include resume writing, applying for jobs, filing for unemployment insurance benefits, mock interviews, connections to community resources, job training assistance and more. Staff will also continue to serve businesses with listing open jobs, collecting applications, connecting to resources and assisting with recruitment.

Jani Revier, Labor director, said many rural citizens who have not traditionally had easy access to in-person Labor services should be better served by this model.

“Our new model is a positive development for scores of rural Idahoans who have faced burdensome travel requirements to meet with Idaho Department of Labor personnel in person,” Revier said. “We are now offering face-to-face services in more cities and towns than ever before thanks to the generosity of community organizations kindly offering space, and we will continue to provide service opportunities to all corners of the state.”

Services for job seekers and employers are offered on a regular schedule:

Mondays – St. Maries
Panhandle Health District, 137 N. 8th St.
8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m., office hours

Tuesdays – Kellogg
North Idaho College Outreach Center, 323 Main St.
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., office hours

Wednesdays – St. Maries
Panhandle Health District, 137 N. 8th St.
8:30 a.m.-noon, office hours

Thursdays – Plummer
Cith of Plummer City Hall, 880 C St.
9 a.m.-noon, office hours

Fridays – St. Maries
Panhandle Health District, 137 N. 8th St.
8:30 a.m.-noon, office hours

Federal funding for Labor services has dropped 47 percent in the past 10 years while requirements for funded programs have become more stringent.

This model, with decentralized service in more communities, satisfies those requirements and saves taxpayers money without sacrificing any personnel or services that citizens rely on.

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