Virginia expands unemployment services

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Virginia is opening six “unemployment express offices” as more Virginians lose their jobs.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has also formed an Economic Crisis Strike Force to coordinate the statewide response to increasing unemployment.

The Virginia Employment Commission recently opened express offices in Richmond, Newport News and Danville. By early May, the state will open three more centers in Bedford, Centreville and Portsmouth.

The offices allow the commission to respond to the increasing demand for its unemployment services.

In addition, money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is being used to expand job training for displaced workers and subsidize health insurance premiums for those who have lost their jobs.

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