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CareerSource Southwest Florida to temporarily move to virtual services, closing down public access to career centers for two weeks

By Staff | Mar 19, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 virus CareerSource Southwest Florida will stop public access to its network of career centers throughout Southwest Florida.

“We need to balance the priority of our services against public and employee safety,” said Joe Paterno, executive director, in a prepared statement. “We understand people need to pay bills, buy groceries and a large percent of our residents rely on the leisure and hospitality industry for income which is greatly affected by the Coronavirus.”

“We didn’t want to totally shut down because experience (other disasters) has taught us both businesses and job seekers depend on us especially in time of crisis. We will let others gather the data regarding the economic impact of the COVID-19, our role as always is to do everything within our power to match employers and job seekers in an effort to mitigate the economic impact,” he said.

Staff will be available to assist customers by phone, emails, text messages and will provide information and resources through their website.

Paterno said CareerSource is not the agency that determines eligibility for unemployment benefits, benefits are determined through the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and are accessible through their website at connect.myflorida.com/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX

Within the next few days the agency expects to have a list of businesses who are hiring posted on our website so encourages everyone to visit their website at www.careersourcesouthwestflorida.com