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PITTSFIELD -- The state is moving five members of its unemployment assistance staff from Pittsfield to Springfield, but the move will not impact local services, according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
In an email message, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development spokeswoman Alison Harris said the Pittsfield staffers staffed the telephone assistance lines for unemployment calls.
They are part of a systemwide operation which is available to anyone from any area code who uses the Department of Unemployment Assis tance’s telephone service.
They currently work out of a satellite office in Pittsfield and are being united with their counterparts in Springfield "to better serve the whole Š teleclaims system," she said.
The move goes into effect May 1.
"The services in Pittsfield will not be impacted and will continue seamlessly," Harris said.
The five staffers work in space that the state rents from the Berk shireWorks Career Center on North Street, which provides access to a comprehensive system of employment-focused programs and services for businesses, job seekers, workers and employers.
BerkshireWorks Executive Direc tor John Barrett III said the state’s lease on that space is expiring.
Barrett said the move will not impact the services that Berk shireWorks provides, but believes the state did not supply the affected employees with sufficient notice that their jobs were going elsewhere.