Joplin’s growth in restaurant establishments is one of several drivers of lower unemployment in the metro area. KOAM-TV interviewed Jasen Jones of the Workforce Investment Board for insights into the hospitality sector and what career opportunities might be available. The Joplin Metro (Jasper and Newton Counties combined) experienced a drop in unemployment from 6.0% in Read More
A new pilot program through VOICES helps youth earn a paycheck while pursuing their High School Equivalency (HSE, formally known as GED). Scholars at Work overcomes one of the greatest challenges youth face in meeting a career goal – how to pay the bills while taking time off for school. Through stipends to take care Read More
Employers in the Southwest Missouri/Joplin region often site soft skills as the largest gap that prevent applicants from landing and staying on the job. A new online video learning series from the U.S. Department of Labor is helpful for both youth and adult jobseekers alike. Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success videos Read More
The New Year rings in a small increase in Missouri’s minimum wage. Effective January 1st, $7.50/hour is Missouri’s official minimum. KOAM-TV’s Liz Holliday probed the potential impact to local workers and the Show-Me State’s economy in a feature that aired Wednesday night on channels 7 and 14.
One of the benefits of the workplace readiness system is the opportunity for individuals to improve their skills and seek higher scores in future Workeys tests. Registration for retesting in the Joplin area just got easier. First time test takers can do so at no charge by visiting the job centers in Joplin or Monett. Read More
KOAM-TV’s Rudy Harper profiled the local impact of the fed’s expiration of extended unemployment benefits. As the lead story on KOAM’s 10:00 news, Harper interviewed Jasen Jones of the Workforce Investment Board on impact and advice for job seekers. Harper also interviewed a recipient of the benefits. Specialists at the American Job Center in Joplin Read More
The Joplin Job Center is known for its workshops and testing opportunities. We’re pleased to announce a series of workshops launching in January at the Monett Job Center geared to help job seekers meet their career and skill goals. In addition to the National Career Readiness Certificate testing twice monthly, the new offerings include Career Read More
More than 400 youth from a dozen schools districts across the region participated in the first-ever Manufacturing Day, held Friday at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Reps from 20 different manufacturing firms exhibited in the event, coordinated by the Joplin Regional Partnership.