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February 28, 2021
Lawmaker Concerned About Online Job Postings
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - The senior member of the Alabama House said Tuesday he wants the state to change the way it posts job offerings.

Representative Alvin Holmes said the Alabama Employment Service's exclusive use of the Internet to post job openings is a handicap for job seekers without computer skills.

State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees oversees the Employment Service. He said there are computers available to the public in each of the 33 employment offices across the state, and the staff will help job seekers who lack computer skills.

Many public libraries also have computers available to the public. And, Surtees said, the Department of Industrial Relations has trained the employees in some libraries on how to help people use the department's Internet site.

Surtees, who has been on the job about a month, said his federally funded department started eliminating hard copies of job postings about two years ago because of budget cuts.

Noting the many kinds of blue collar jobs listed with the Employment Service, Holmes said many of the people who would apply for those jobs would not have computer skills.

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