Ladysmith Job Center closing soon

(WEAU) - The Ladysmith Job Center has been around for many years, but center leaders say it will close on June 30th.

Managers say the Hayward and Medford job centers will close as well, but will use nearby organizations to help the public find work.

The employment program says it’s part of a reorganization process needed to maintain a better budget.

"It’s been around for a long time, I can't even imagine that they're closing it," said Dawn Elmberg, who lives in Ladysmith.

Since 2005 Concentrated Employment Program, Incorporated has lost 33% of its federal funding. Now another 8% is expected in 2013, causing the three facilities to be shutdown.

"What we had to do is look at our 10 counties as a whole and strategically place where the best job center locations would be. We did have to look at other factors. For example, what type of rent we're paying in different buildings. How many visitors were getting," said Brad Gingras, Chief Operating Officer of CEP, Inc. in a phone interview.

But Desiree Churchwell says she's used the Ladysmith Center and just found a job at Backdoor Cafe.

"I've been a stay at home mother the last seven years and finally get out and have a job, being here in Ladysmith there's not a lot of job opportunities around," said Desiree Churchwell, who lives in Ladysmith.

Gingras says although the buildings will close, the centers will not be leaving entirely. He says the Ladysmith Center will use the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College as of July 1st.

"We’re all very excited about this. So very open-minded and they came to us with open arms and are happy to help."

But some center workers will be laid off.

"People to be out of jobs, that's kind of frightening, considering rusk county job rate,” said Elmberg.

"I think it will be a burden on a lot of us, because without them they help you find a job not being a very big community there's not a lot of jobs available and people are going to have to start moving," said Churchwell.

The organization says it will have employees at the WITC campus in Ladysmith.

It says it will cut 300 thousand dollars from its budget by closing.

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  • by Anonymous Location: rusk on Jun 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM
    maybe the people should try to get some skills instead of relying on the government. blame it on walker, but ladysmith has always been a lefty town. how many little towns with such a low standard of living for WI can claim they have a "NO NUKES ZONE"? maybe spend some more time on more constructive ambitions!
  • by Louise on Jun 21, 2012 at 06:34 AM
    Gingras says although the "buildings will close, the centers will not be leaving entirely. He says the Ladysmith Center will use the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College as of July 1st." Why not relocate to another existing public building? Especially when it's about 10 blocks away? This makes economic sense.
  • by Geo on Jun 20, 2012 at 08:20 PM
    No use of having any job centers when Walker doesn't create any jobs.
  • by kay Location: ladysmith on Jun 20, 2012 at 08:05 PM
    Here's a thought : maybe Ladysmith and Rusk Co ought to bring in professional economic development people and city planners; actively pursue industries and businesses that provide decent jobs at a living wage plus a few benefits. Pretty soon L'smith will be down to the good ol' boys and the slumlords.
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      by Anon on Jun 21, 2012 at 05:09 AM in reply to kay
      Why would an employer WANT to go to Ladysmith? No interstate, no college, economically depressed (no disposable income), uneducated work force, poor airport access, ect... All great for Wal-Mart but not much else.
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        by Anon on Jun 21, 2012 at 08:33 PM in reply to Anon
        That kinda nails it...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2012 at 06:23 PM
    If the center workers will be laid off where will they go to look for work?
  • by Lou Location: Sheldon on Jun 20, 2012 at 04:58 PM
    Unfortunately the Job Center is closing. I know lots of people in Rusk County who have received jobs through working with the Job Center in the past. The people who work in the job center have preformed a great service to people looking for jobs especially in the modern economy where most applications are done online. There are people who do not know how to turn on a computer and now those people will have to drive and extra 50 minutes to go to the nearest Job Center.
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      by Norma on Jun 21, 2012 at 03:19 AM in reply to Lou
      People who cannot even turn on a computer should brush up on their skills before trying to find a job.
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