Bulletin Staff Report

Because of a federal funding reduction, WorkSource Oregon is cutting its office hours in Madras and Prineville, effective July 1.

“It’s actually the story of death by 1,000 cuts,” said Heather Ficht, executive director of the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board. Federal funding to Oregon under the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act is about $30 million, or about half the level of 13 years ago, she said. For the program year starting July 1, federal funding to the local board will be reduced 6%, she said.

WorkSource centers are a partnership of public agencies and the private sector where job seekers can find employment resources and claim unemployment benefits.

WorkSource Madras will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays, until July 31. WorkSource’s public and private partners are seeking a new location for continuing services in Madras and will announce details in July, the agency announced.

WorkSource Prineville will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays.