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Five workers at the local employment office are now looking for jobs after the facility on Lyon Street closed Monday.
State workers were on hand Tuesday removing furniture and cleaning out the office.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” said Laticia Barnes, who managed the local facility.
The state announced April 19 it would be closing 34 of its Tennessee Career Centers across the state in an effort to reduce an operating deficit by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
In addition to McMinnville, another nearby center getting shut down is in Shelbyville. McMinnville residents who need employment services are now directed to use the office at 111 E. Lincoln Street in Tullahoma.
Labor and Workforce Commissioner Burns Phillips said, “Citizens across the state will continue to have convenient access to Career Center services.”
Workers moving out office supplies on Tuesday said this was the fourth Career Center they have closed in the past five days. They said the state is making an effort to leave its leased properties and maintain a presence at the properties it owns. Office supplies such as computers, desks, chairs and cubicles will be transferred to other locations or stored in a state warehouse.
The state is pushing job seekers to rely more heavily on its website – Jobs4TN.gov – when searching for work. State officials say the job services available at Tennessee Career Centers are also available online.