Worksource Development Funding Falling
KENNEWICK, Wash.- Local employment services will have less money from the state to develop new programs this year.
That means less services for people who need help looking for work and people already with jobs, but who need more training.
In this area, those services come from Worksource Columbia Basin.
About 550 people come through those doors each day. That number may drop because they don't have the funding now to service all of them.
Last year they got a little more than $3 million. That's down to $2.9 million this time around.
It's the seventh straight year the federal government has dropped funding, and it's really starting to take it's toll.
"There is a theory that anybody that wants a job can just go get one and that isn't correct, people don't know how to package themselves, do a resume, get online, find that job, how to make a connection with an employer," said Michelle Mann with the Workforce Development Council.
The state got about $52 million from the federal government and spread that out over 12 areas.
That number's been cut by about $5 million statewide this year
Believe it or not, because Washington's economy is considered strong, so they're given less.