CAMILLA, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will not renew its lease for the office space that currently houses its Camilla Career Center.
As a result, its customers will be served from the Moultrie Career Center starting July 1. The eight employees who work at the Camilla location will also be relocated to Moultrie.
The Camilla Career Center is one of seven GDOL office closures statewide and the only one set for closure in the area. The offices were chosen, state officials said, to minimize the impact to GDOL customers and employees.
No GDOL employees will lose their jobs as a result of these office closures, since they will be relocated to nearby offices where they will serve to ease existing staff shortages. Statewide, career centers currently employ nearly 1,000 people.
Sandra Clayton, who answered the phone in the Camillia office, said no employees were authorized to talk to the media. A request for comment from the Camilla Chamber of Commerce was not returned.
Other career center closings include Blairsville, Elberton, Kings Bay, Eastman, Monroe, and Northwest Georgia in Fort Oglethorpe.
"Right now we are doing our very best to save taxpayer dollars and keep customer service at a high level," Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said. "As we move more online, we might see less brick and mortar. The key is being able to provide as many services to Georgians as we can with limited resources."
Butler estimated that the seven closures will save the state approximately $3 million per year.
The GDOL said several criteria were used when making the decision for realignment, including the proximity of the offices to other career centers, the number of customers and staff affected, and the length and terms of the lease agreements for each office.
GDOL will continue to operate 46 career centers statewide. Career centers offer a wide range of services to both job seekers and employers. The centers provide individuals seeking employment with the latest tools to find and keep jobs.
Employers find assistance in recruiting new employees, including access to a national job listing network, applicant screening, and space in the centers to conduct testing and employment interviews.
The impact of the change will be lessened by the GDOL's increased online presence, Labor officials said. Many services, including unemployment insurance claims and employer payments, already are available electronically. In the coming weeks, full registration for employment services will be available online.