Idaho Department of Labor Releases Soda Springs and Blackfoot Area Service Plan

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Sept. 27, 2019
Information Contact: Georgia Smith, (208) 332-3570 ext. 2102

The Idaho Department of Labor has implemented its new service model in the Soda Springs and Blackfoot areas, providing direct mobile services to eight communities.

Labor staff will offer walk-in hours and appointment times in all eight 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 footprint is larger than ever as we expand into new communities who have never had the opportunity for localized services,” Revier said. “This has only been possible because of the generosity of the community organizations providing needed space. We will return this kindness with outstanding face-to-face service for all Idahoans.”

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

In the Soda Springs area: 

Mondays – Soda Springs
City Hall, 9 W. 2nd S.
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., office hours

Tuesdays – Preston
Vocational Rehabilitation office, 30 S. State St.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., office hours

Wednesdays – Montpelier
Bear Lake Montpelier Chamber of Commerce, 925 Washington St.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., office hours

Thursdays – Malad City
Oneida County Library, 31 N. 100 W.
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., office hours

Fridays – Soda Springs
City Hall, 9 W. 2nd S.
8:30 a.m.-noon, office hours

In the Blackfoot area: 

Mondays – Blackfoot
Idaho Division of Building Safety, 155 N. Maple St.
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., office hours

Tuesdays – American Falls
American Falls School District #381, 827 Fort Hall
10 a.m.-1 p.m., office hours

Wednesdays – Shelley
North Bingham County Library, 197 W. Locust
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., office hours

Thursdays – Aberdeen
Aberdeen District Library, 76 E. Central Ave.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., office hours

Fridays – Blackfoot
Idaho Division of Building Safety, 155 N. Maple 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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