VEC cutbacks

Brent Finnegan -- May 1st, 2007

Several weeks ago the DNR reported that city and county labor forces were up, and local unemployment rates are consistently low. According to that article, the Harrisonburg metro area “was tied with two other areas for No. 9 on the monthly rankings of 369 metropolitan areas for lowest jobless rates…”

Shortly thereafter, the VEC announced that federal funding to the commission has been “steadily decreasing,” and that “the VEC must significantly reduce the number of field offices and staffing levels.” (brought to my attention by WSVA today).

Some Virginia politicians (Democrat and Republican) have been writing letters to the VEC, imploring them to keep the offices open in certain areas. As far as I know, Lohr, Obenshain, and Goodlatte are not among them.

So, do we let the local VEC shrink or close? Should anyone care? Will we care if the unemployment rate goes up in the future?

There will be a public meeting about VEC cuts Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 at the Rockingham County Admin Building.

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