State unemployment services set to end in Bell, Harlan, and Pike Counties

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) Services at several Kentucky Office of Employment and Training locations will change in the coming days.

Below you will find a release from EKCEP detailing what to expect.

Clients seeking services at Kentucky Career Center (KCC) JobSight locations in Bell, Harlan, and Pike counties with the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training will notice a change in the coming days.

As part of the Education and Workforce Cabinet’s efforts to reorganize Kentucky Career Center locations throughout the state, Office of Employment and Training (OET) operations will permanently cease, effective February 16, 2017, at three KCC JobSight locations in the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) region, including Harlan (124 S Cumberland Avenue), Middlesboro (725 N 19th Street), and Pikeville (138 College Street).

While OET staff and services, including filing claims for unemployment benefits, will no longer be provided at the above locations, career and employment services will continue to be available at KCC JobSight locations in the three counties through community action agencies and other workforce partners. Workforce staff with these agencies will remain at the College Street location in Pikeville, while services in Harlan can be accessed at a second KCC JobSight location at Harlan County Community Action Agency, 319 Camden Street. Career and employment services in Bell County will continue to be offered at the KCC JobSight location at Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency, 129 North Pine Street in Pineville.

EKCEP, the Local Workforce Development Area for a 23-county region in Eastern Kentucky, and its Workforce Innovation Board remain committed to ensuring the delivery of quality workforce services and providing solutions for unemployed and under-employed individuals in the area.

Additionally, state agencies providing services within the KCC JobSight locations in Pikeville and Harlan will not be affected by this change. That includes Adult Education, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), and Office for the Blind (OFB) in Pikeville, and OVR and OFB at the Harlan location.

All services offered at the Middlesboro location will end on February 16, and the office will permanently close.

Individuals may contact the general support telephone line with questions regarding their unemployment at 502-564-2900. Anyone in the affected counties seeking to file a claim for unemployment benefits can do so online at or by telephone at 502-875-0442. KCC JobSight locations throughout the EKCEP region will continue to provide resource rooms with computers and/or telephones where claims may be filed, as well as access to partner staff to assist with career and employment services. For a complete list of KCC JobSight locations, visit The OET offices nearest to the affected counties are listed below, for an option to speak with an unemployment specialist in person.

For Pike County
KCC JobSight, Prestonsburg
686 North Lake Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653

KCC JobSight, Whitesburg
417 Highway 2034
Whitesburg, KY 41858

For Bell County
KCC JobSight, Manchester
1535 Shamrock Road
Manchester, KY 40962

For Harlan County
KCC JobSight, Hazard
412 Roy Campbell Drive
Hazard, KY 41701

KCC JobSight, Whitesburg
417 Highway 2034
Whitesburg, KY 41858

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