SHAMOKIN - The Shamokin Unemployment Tax Services field accounting service office located in Room 205 of the Northumberland County Career and Technology Center, 2 E. Arch St., closed permanently on Monday.

Employees were relocated either to state offices in Harrisburg or Wilkes-Barre, according to Sara Goulet, Department of Labor and Industry spokeswoman.

Personnel from the field accounting service office worked primarily to recoup unpaid unemployment compensation taxes from employers. Labor and Industry decided to centralize employer services, relocating staff from Shamokin.

"It doesn't affect any of our unemployment compensation claimants filing for benefits," Goulet said.

The office had served employers in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder and Union counties. All incoming calls to the former Shamokin office will be directed to the Wilkes-Barre field accounting service office at 570-301-1533. In-person visits can be made at 39 Public Square, Suite 101, Wilkes-Barre.

The department issued a press release Wednesday about the closure.

It's the second state office to move out of the career and arts center since 2011. A Pennsylvania CareerLink office was closed in June 2011 and relocated to Sunbury.

County budget director Jeff McClintock said that The News-Item contacting them was the first they heard about the office being moved.

"As far as we know, they are still under lease with the county," McClintock said. "Maybe they are planning on still using the space for another endeavor."

McClintock said the lease brings in approximately $29,600 a year for the county. He could not say Thursday how much time was left on the lease.