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State Launches New Employment Website

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Nov 17, 2008 10:20PM

As the national (and state) unemployment rates continue to rise, Governor Blagojevich has announced the launching of a new state-run website, in conjunction with CareerBuilder, that will connect citizens to new job openings. Illinois workNet was launched today, with Blago billing it as, "the best place for Illinois' job seekers and businesses to connect to resources and services needed to be successful in the 21st century economy." Blago also announced state-wide "Workforce Outreach Days" intended to help prepare potential employees with career planning and training. Said the governor, via a press statement:

I know that Illinoisans are suffering. We see evidence of that everyday as families make difficult decisions about budgeting their money, how to get by while they look for a new job, or how to ensure that their children have opportunities in this tough economy. While our state cannot fix the mistakes made by those on Wall Street and in Washington, we do offer services to help families through a difficult time. During Illinois Workforce Week, I want to make sure that Illinoisans know that they can get help through services like Illinois workNet, All Kids, and LIHEAP.