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July 02, 2020

Missouri Job Centers continue public reopening, virtual services still available
Branson, Kennett, Park Hills, and Poplar Bluff Job Centers now open

Several Missouri Job Centers are now open to the public after four openings this week. The Branson Job Center opened Monday, June 29, and Job Centers in Kennett, Park Hills and Poplar Bluff reopened with Office of Workforce Development (OWD) staff returning to in-person work on Wednesday, July 1.

Missouri Job Centers will continue to open up across the state in the coming weeks as part of the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development’s Return Strong initiative. The initiative is focused on reopening all of the state’s Job Centers in a safe in responsible manner. Although the centers will be open for in-person services, social distancing and other health guidelines will be implemented for the safety of staff and visitors. Job seekers and displaced workers can still access services by phone at 1-888-728-5627, or online at jobs.mo.gov.

Also a part of the Return Strong initiative, staff are focused on helping Missourians skill up and get back to work. Job Center staff are prepared to assist with training opportunities, career services, resume writing, and required unemployment job searches. Individuals currently receiving unemployment benefits may be eligible to receive free training vouchers of up to $4,000 to skill up or retrain.

The department is hosting two virtual job fairs to help connect Missouri businesses with job seekers. The events will be held July 22 and Aug. 5. Employers interested in being a part of the virtual events can sign up at https://jobs.mo.gov/virtual-job-fair-employer-registration before July 13. Interested job seekers can sign up at  https://jobs.mo.gov/seeker-virtual-job-fair-registration.

All Missouri Job Centers closed to the public in March when Gov. Mike Parson closed state office buildings due to COVID-19. Safely reopening the centers is an important part of the state’s economic recovery efforts. Job Centers in Springfield, St. Charles and St. Louis County opened in June. The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) also began in-person services in June, by appointment only. It plans to open to walk-ins on July 6.

Learn more about Return Strong at jobs.mo.gov/return-strong.


About the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development: The department works to empower Missourians with the skills and education needed for success. More information about MDHEWD can be found at https://dhewd.mo.gov or on Facebook and Twitter @MoDHEWD.