JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Fulton WIN Job Center and the Ripley WIN Job Center will stop providing services June 21, 2013, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced Thursday.
In addition, eleven other WIN Job Centers, including the Marshall-Benton WIN Job Center, will close.
The Iuka WIN Job Center is among two across the state that will see reduced hours of operation.
These closures are necessary because the state agency receives all of its operating budget from the U. S. Department of Labor and is facing major cuts in funding.
“These reductions in federal funds forced us to make some tough decisions,” said Mark Henry, MDES Executive Director. “We are working to ensure that MDES will continue helping Mississippians find jobs and also meet the challenge of budget cuts.”
Despite the reduction in funding, MDES will continue to provide services to people looking for good jobs and to businesses looking for qualified workers.
People and employers in Tippah County can visit the Corinth, New Albany and Tupelo WIN Job Centers.
They also can call the MDES toll-free number at 888-844-3577 on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In addition, MDES services are available 24 hours a day at the agency website at mdes.ms.gov
Gov. Phil Bryant issues the following statement regarding the upcoming furloughs directed by the Department of Defense, affecting more than 1,400 Mississippi National Guard full-time federal employees throughout the state:
“These furloughs are disappointing to the men and women who are working to protect the very freedoms we hold dear.
The worst part is that while the Obama administration is making cuts to our nation’s military and defense industry, there are those who believe we should continue to trust this administration’s promises when it comes to expanding the largest entitlement program in our nation’s history.
This announcement comes as the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced the closing of seven full-time and six part-time WIN Job Centers.
As we can see, this administration can’t event pay the bills it has now—why should we expect them to honor their Medicaid promises and expand the program?”