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State Labor Department to Move Some Operations to Athens

The Athens, Ga., career center will get some employees from Elberton and maybe Monroe.

The Georgia Department of Labor is closing some of its offices to save money, and employees from Elberton and perhaps Monroe will be moving to the Athens Career Center, the department announced Thursday.

According to news releases, nine employees working in Elberton will shift to Athens, and employees in Monroe will move either to Athens or Covington effective July 1.

The labor department's increased online presence and its ability to offer services such as unemployment insurance claims electroniclly will lessen the impact of the office closures, the announcements said.

The deparment also offers monthly online chats which have been posted to Patch, on topics including , and .

In addition to Elberton and Monroe, the labor department plans not to renew office leases in Blairsville, Camilla, Eastman, Kings Bay, and Northwest Georgia in Ft. Oglethorpe.

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