After discussions with Lincoln City officials and coast state Representative David Gomberg, the State Employment Department has decided to leave its Lincoln City office open until December 31 rather than closing it at the end of the month.
State Employment Office officials say their budget had been cut five percent and Lincoln City’s client base was too small to leave the office open. However, Rep. Gomberg pointed out that most coast job seekers don’t look for jobs on line. They’re face -to- face oriented. They need the office to help them find work AND not have to drive 60 miles round trip to the Newport employment office to do it.
Gomberg said he’s hopeful the new incoming state employment office director will allow the Lincoln City office remain open to serve the Lincoln City region, since unemployment remains so high here on the coast.