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Kaneohe unemployment, workforce offices to close

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 02:24 p.m. HST, Jun 13, 2014

The state's Unemployment Insurance and Workforce Development offices at the Kaneohe Atrium Building on Kawa Street will close Wednesday, June 25.

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations says claimaints can continue to file unemployment claims online, and that an Unemployment Claim Hot Line connection for Windward residents will be available at the Kaneohe Public Library during normal business hours.

The hot line will provide users with claim information only.

Unemployment Insurance offices in Waipahu and Honolulu, and Oahu WorkLinks America Job Centers in Honolulu, Waipahu and Waianae will remain open.

The offices in Kaneohe are to close because of a reduction in federal funding, according to a DLIR spokesman. The offices' handful of employees will be reassigned to offices in Honolulu.

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kprtyqn wrote:
Ok the library is not even set up to handle the amount of people who go to the Unemployment office which has all of only 2 people so that makes no sense at all. So moving all of 2 people to ANY office which only 2 are on this island isnt that much of a change if funds were reduced in this area. If the fed offices cant keep open to assist the unemployed and there arent enough computer access for them to file benefits/look for work, etc (homeless hang in the library for hours an some are given preferred treatment to "HOG" the computer) this gives less for those who really need this time to do their job searches, file benefits, etc. So i dont see where this is going to help those in need.
on June 13,2014 | 04:08PM
Kukuinunu wrote:
You have to wonder what councilmember Anderson has been doing all this time. We are not going to have a place to vote, and no place to look for work. What is up with this guy?
on June 13,2014 | 10:07PM
gofigga wrote:
Firstly, a city councilman has no jurisdiction over state or federal matters, so he is out of the equation. Secondly, government should not be so big as to depend on federal subsidy to sustsain it. There is an unemploment office on Punchbowl street in Honolulu, we have one of the best transit systems in America, these people don't have a job, so what is the problem? Get your ass on a bus, go to town, and file there!
on June 14,2014 | 05:33AM
lokela wrote:
That office was way too small anyway.
on June 14,2014 | 08:03AM
soundofreason wrote:
"The offices in Kaneohe are to close because of a reduction in federal funding, according to a DLIR spokesman. The offices' handful of employees will be reassigned to offices in Honolulu." >> Funding is down because unemployment is down and yet we RETAIN these employees. No wonder govt grows and grows and ....
on June 14,2014 | 10:24AM
DAGR81 wrote:
So we close the office because of a lack of funds, but we still keep the employees on our payroll???
on June 14,2014 | 10:34AM
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