Employment office will close on Feb. 24

Published 12:39 pm Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Farmville office of the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), located at 221 Sunchase Blvd. in Farmville, will close on Feb. 24.

According to VEC spokeswoman Joyce Fogg, the part-time office, which serves Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties, is only open three days a week.

“That’s news to me,” said Robert “Butch” Shook, Jr. of the closure. Shook, who owns Keysville Hardware and Farm Supply,  represents the Keysville District on the Charlotte

County Board of Supervisors,

“Certainly,” he said when asked if the closure of the Farmville office would impact those looking for services from Charlotte. “There is going to definitely be an impact on our people.”

“There are two classified staff there. One has accepted a job in the VEC’s Tri-Cities office and the other will be transferred to another of the VEC offices, which is where these two staff work the other two days a week,” she said.

“There are three reasons,” Fogg said when asked why the office was closing. “We are mandated by the federal government to colocate with the workforce investment offices … Another reason is funding. Our funding is decreasing and we have some budget issues,” she said. “And then the traffic in the office is less, you know, that was why it went to part time. We were seeing a decrease in the traffic there.”

Fogg said that those who need services in the region can visit VEC offices in South Boston, Lynchburg, Hopewell and Emporia.

“It’s job services, we assist people in finding jobs, and that’s for people who are currently employed or unemployed. They can both go in and we assist then … We assist with unemployment insurance claims,” Fogg said of what the office does for the public.

Many of the same resources are online and available over the telephone, she said. “You can go online and do your job search. You can also go online and file your unemployment insurance claims. So, it’s assisting people if you need that extra assistance.”

There are four wage staff who work 20 hours per week,  Fogg said. The wage staff will be laid off.

The office’s website lists Stanley Ragland as the manager/supervisor.