Illinois budget woes lead to shutdown of Metro-East unemployment office

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 11:19 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Illinois budget woes are creating new hardships for the unemployed in the Metro-East, as the Unemployment Security Office in East St. Louis closed its doors on Friday.

Mayor Alvin Parks said because of his city's high unemployment rate, many residents rely on the Employment Security Office to make ends meet.

Illinois Department of Security officials say they do not have the money to keep the East St. Louis office open. For residents, the closure means they have to travel to Belleville for services.

"People who need a job in many cases don't have reliable transportation," Parks said. "We'll have to be more resourceful, in some cases buddy up for transportation, but that's one of the negatives."

Mayor Parks said he is not sure how many workers lost their jobs in Friday's shutdown. The Department said the closures were first announced in January, and are not connected to the potential sequester.

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