Area Social Security offices will offer longer public service hours starting in January. The federal Social Security Agency will re-open to the public on Wednesday afternoons. The office had closed at noon on Wednesdays since late 2012; the expansion will keep the offices open Wednesdays until four p-m.
Also, the agency is hiring 11-hundred more workers to serve the nationwide 800 number. Six hundred of those are being trained now for the jobs; the other 500 will be hired throughout next year. The nationwide Social Security number is 1-800-772-1213.