Resources for job searches are usually available at the Buffalo Employment and Training Center, but the facility is closed due to the federal goverment shut down. {Derek Gee / Buffalo News file photo}

The Buffalo Employment and Training Center has temporarily closed, due to the federal government’s partial shutdown.

The center, at 77 Goodell St., helps connect Erie County residents who are searching for jobs with employers seeking to fill openings. The facility was shut down last week because it did not receive its allocation of federal funding, which it relies upon to operate, said Heather Okoro, executive director of the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board.

Customers of the BETC are being directed to other organizations, such as the state Department of Labor’s downtown office, for help while the shutdown is in effect, Okoro said.

“We want to minimize the impact to customers to the extent possible.”

The shutdown is also affecting employees of the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, whose functions include the BETC. Thirty-three workers from the consortium, including some who work at the Larkin at Exchange building, have been furloughed. An additional three workers have had their work hours reduced.


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