For Immediate Release - April 21, 2011

Cape Cod's One Stop Career Centers to Consolidate Services

Career Opportunities Center in Hyannis to Continue Full Array of Services & Programs

BOSTON - Thursday, April 21, 2011 -- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today announced that One Stop Career Centers on Cape Cod will be consolidated as part of efforts to increase career center efficiency. On June 24, 2011, the two satellite centers in Falmouth and Orleans will close, and operations will be consolidated into the main Career Opportunities Hyannis location, which will continue to serve the region's customers with its full array of career services. The decision to consolidate the centers was made by the Cape Cod & Islands Workforce Investment Board which oversees a number of federal and state programs including the Career Opportunities centers on Cape Cod. "After a careful analysis of costs and benefits, it was determined that the Cape region as a whole would benefit from saving money through consolidation," said David Augustinho, Executive Director, Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board. "We are examining ways to mitigate potential adverse effects on our customers." Under the consolidation plan, some of the resources from the satellite centers will be moved to the larger center in Hyannis. "While this consolidation effort is underway, the Workforce Investment Board will work closely with state and local officials," said George Moriarty, Director of the state's Department of Career Services. "We are looking at ways to try to expand upon existing job seeker services including more online services." There is a steady improvement in the unemployment picture on Cape Cod. The unemployment rate for March 2011 was 10.5%, down 0.8 percentage point from the 11.3% posted for February. The number of employed residents was up by 1,891 and the number of unemployed residents declined by 925. In the over-the-year comparison, the unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage point lower than the 11.4% rate posted in March 2010. Compared to a year ago, the number of residents employed was up 2,990, and the number of unemployed was down by 966. The labor force, as a result, was 2,024 above the previous year's level. In addition to encouraging the public to utilize programs and services at all of the state's career centers, the state's Department of Career Services noted that those seeking work are encouraged to visit the Commonwealth's online jobs database Job Quest , which currently houses information about 28,958 jobs. Many unemployment insurance benefit services are available online at www.mass.gov/dua. The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development remains committed to serving every unemployed or underemployed resident in Massachusetts, and will continue working to ensure that every jobseeker has the resources and opportunities they need to get back to work. Follow EOLWD on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/masslwd Jobs Blog at:  http://blog.mass.gov/jobs/ and Job Quest at www.mass.gov/jobquest ###