Lakewood Employment Security Department office closing Dec. 31

With its lease expiring, the Washington Employment Security Department WorkSource Lakewood Affiliate office will close on Dec. 31, an ESD spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday.

All services will be provided at other ESD-affiliated offices in the Tacoma area, and all employees at the center will be offered positions at other offices. There will be no layoffs, said Janelle Guthrie, ESD communications director.

“It’s a budget decision, and it will also allow us to put people closer to where they can serve the public,” Guthrie said.

The Lakewood office is at 5712 Main St. in Lakewood. The main WorkSource office in Tacoma is located at 1305 Tacoma Ave. S., while affiliate offices are available at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and at some local colleges.

”We’ve established a number of new partnerships,” Guthrie said.

C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535