Job Center staff working behind closed doors

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Even though the Poplar Bluff and West Plains Job Centers have suspended service to the public in their offices, Job Center staffs are still there working behind their doors serving Missouri customers online and over the phone, according to a press release from the South Central Workforce Investment Board

To contact the Poplar Bluff Job Center call 573-840-9595.

For those employees who the Coronavirus Pandemic has cost a job or seen a cut back in hours, there are resources available. Job Center Staff are there to help with filing an unemployment claim and assisting with other available resources.

Individuals can also file an unemployment claim online by going to It’s easy to file online at, and it takes an average of about 10 minutes. To watch a tutorial on learning how to file unemployment claims online using UInteract, go to www.Jobs.MO.Gov and click on ‘Learn how to file online using UInteract’ under the Job Seekers tab.

Anyone needing other services such as job search assistance, resume and interview preparation, or training to get back to work, the job center staff are there to help online or over the phone.

“We want to reach out to any employers, businesses, or organizations that are needing to fill vacancies, whether they are part-time, full-time, or temporary jobs,” staff report. “Please contact the local job center so those jobs can be posted online and possibly filled with the increasing number of individuals that are looking for work. The contact number for the West Plains Job Center is 417-256-3158 and the Poplar Bluff Job Center contact number is 573-840-9595.”

Individuals may also visit www.Jobs.MO.Gov for online resources or call 1-888-728-JOBS for more information.

The South Central Workforce Investment Board and the local Job Centers work in partnership to provide employment services and training programs that will help improve the quality of life in our twelve-county region.