ST. LOUIS — The Social Security Administration is opening its fifth National Hearing Center in St. Louis.
The facility was built with federal stimulus money and is expected to create about 200 jobs.
Social Security commissioner Michael Astrue was scheduled to attend a dedication ceremony for the building Monday.
Hearing centers like the one in St. Louis are sites where agency administrative law judges conduct hearings on appeals cases.
Social Security officials say the opening of the center will help reduce the backlog of cases awaiting hearings.