Idaho Department of Labor Releases Magic Valley Area Service Plan

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Oct. 7, 2019
Information Contact: Georgia Smith, (208) 332-3570 ext. 2102

The Idaho Department of Labor has implemented its new service model in the Magic Valley area, providing direct mobile services to five communities.

Labor staff will offer walk-in hours and appointment times in all five 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 – Hailey
The Chamber – Hailey and Wood River Valley, 781 S. Main St.
10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., office hours

Tuesdays – Gooding
CSI – Gooding Center, 202 14th Ave. E.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., office hours

Wednesdays – Shoshone
Lincoln County Community Center, 201 S. Beverly St.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., office hours

Thursdays – Buhl
West End Senior Center, 1010 Main St.
9 a.m.-noon, office hours

Fridays – Jerome
CSI – Jerome Center, 104 W. Main St.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., 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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