The state employment office at Pine Bluff has closed to the general public because of coronavirus concerns.


The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services (ADWS), 1001 Tennessee St., will still assist clients by phone, email or online, according to a news release from William Campbell, ADWS local office manager.


“Due to the covid-19 pandemic, for the protection of the general public and our staff, we will no longer be seeing customers in person in the local office,” according to the news release. “We will provide full service via the telephone, email, and/or online.”


Clients may visit the local office if they need to file an unemployment claim or if they need to make an unemployment insurance re-payment of benefits. Call 870-534-1920 and someone will let them in the building, according to the release.


For other services, call the following:


Employment services — 870-534-1920;


TANF — 870-575-1000;


The Division of Services for the Blind — 870-575-1057;


WIOA services — 870-619-4803;


Re-employment services — 870-575-1044.