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Federal Shutdown Impacts Local Employment Agency

The partial federal government shutdown is also causing some services at a local employment organization to be curtailed.

The main employment agency in Rochester,  called Rochester Works, is funded by federal dollars that are filtered through the state and then to the local organization. But because of the federal funding issues, Rochester Works is forced to temporarily close its career center on Goodman Street beginning next Tuesday.

About 40 staffers are also being furloughed. Some of operations from Goodman Street will be temporarily transferred to a career center on Waring Road. But Executive Director Peter Pecor says the cutbacks will impact some programs.

"What it really means is the cessation of a number of services that we have regarding workshops, recruitments and other, what I call, intensive services that we provide to individual job seekers. "

Pecor says the Goodman Street facility had over 10,000 for the latest quarter, with 1750  people attending workshops.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.