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With hundreds of government employees in the Hudson Valley furloughed and no clear end in sight to resolving the government shutdown, many are looking for temporary work or applying for unemployment. Our Meredith Zaritheny reports.
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y.-- The Orange Works offices officials say they've seen an increase in the number of people coming into their offices and calling their hotline since the government shutdown took effect Tuesday. But some of those essential employment services they offer, officials say could come to a stop if lawmakers can't reach an agreement.
The Orange Works program and the services they provide are in jeopardy.
"But we've suspended our training programs, we're not putting anyone in our training programs now until we get, until we get our continuing resolution which hopefully funds our program and we don't know when that will be," said Stephen Knob, Orange County Employment and Training Administration Director.
Officials say their funding was cut off when the federal government shut down on October 1st. While they say they have enough to make it until at least the end of the month, this shut down could affect not only people searching for jobs, but also those who work at Orange Works and the services they provide.
"Unemployment insurance is unaffected. That's not a problem. But it’s the other services that we offer here, job search assistance, our staff could be affected if nothing passes in, let’s say, the next month. You know, anything over a month, yeah, we would have a problem," said Knob.
Officials say when lawmakers resolve this dispute, they hope the funding is retroactive so they can continue normal operations. There's a number of ways Orange Works can help those out of work, including job referrals and resume workshops.
"We help them find work, we have them with their resumes, filling out applications, referring them to jobs we have here, doing recruitments here things like that," said Knob.
Like many across the nation, Knob hopes the government shutdown is resolved putting those on furloughed back to work and government funded services back up and running.
"Let’s hope this is a brief shutdown and they are back to work as soon as possible," said Knob.
Orange Works had two locations here in Middletown on Fulton Street in Newburgh at Washington Center.