May 25, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Missouri Career Center Deploys Mobile Unit

The Missouri Career Center's Mobile Unit was deployed to Joplin, Wednesday, May 25 to assist the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri's Joplin offices. The unit is currently located at Missouri Southern State University at 3950 E. Newman Road (the intersection of Newman and Duquesne Roads.) The Mobile Unit is adjacent to FEMA and Red Cross vehicles.

Joplin residents displaced from their jobs by Sunday's tornado have options for unemployment benefits and workforce services. WIB Staff will be manning Springfield's Mobile Unit to assist Jasper and Newton county residents affected by the disaster.

Rapid Response presentations will be held hourly to provide an orientation to Career Center services available to displaced workers. Such services include applying for unemployment insurance.

The Mobile Unit, based at Springfield's Missouri Career Center, was initially funded through ARRA.

Springfield's Mobile Unit was scheduled to be in Billings on Thursday May 26 and in Buffalo on June 2 but due to the deployment to Joplin, these will be rescheduled.

For more information contact: Jasen Jones, Executive Director, Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri, (417) 206-1717 Ext. 224 or mobile (417) 437-9172

or

Bill Dowling, Missouri Career Center (417) 887-4343