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Byline: Dave Flessner
Oct. 5--The Southeast Tennessee Workforce Development Board was established this summer to improve the way the federal jobs program helps residents find new jobs.
But one of its first steps was to cut some of its own jobs.
Combining employment, training and welfare services in the 9-county Chattanooga region into a new state agency reduced the number of persons working in the federal jobs program by 59 persons in Southeast Tennessee. The former Private Industry Councils in Chattanooga and Cleveland employed 98 persons, but only 39 employees are staffing the new Southeast Tennessee Workforce Development agency.