Hundreds of Johnson County residents will be without a career center.   Click to hear KMZU’s Brad Hartman:

Brad Hartman

The Missouri Division of Workforce Development decided Wednesday to close down the career center in Warrensburg.  According to Workforce Development Board Director Pati Carter, the decision had to be made.  “It was a business decision and unfortunately it affects many lives and many customers.  We’re going to try to provide services to the community within Warrensburg and the surrounding area.  There may be additional cuts when we look at the state budget.  Right now, we’ve been analyzing the local budget,” said Carter.

Funding issues and tough economic times mean residents will now have to travel to Sedalia or Clinton to get assistance and Carter said it was not an easy choice.  “The unemployment number in Johnson County is lower than it is in the surrounding counties.  They will still be able to be served by the other centers still in operation,” added Carter.

The Warrensburg Career Center will officially close their doors by July first.