COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

We have compiled the list of resources below to help businesses and individuals quickly find the help they need. We will update it as information becomes available.

Although we are working remotely to follow recommendations for safety and social distancing, we continue to work with and advocate on behalf of impacted businesses and individuals in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. We are available to assist you!

Businesses: If you have questions or concerns about your workforce needs, please contact our Business Services Team.
Individuals: For help with unemployment claims contact the Employment Security Department. For training and employment services contact WorkSource.

Reopening + Recovery Resources

Support for Business

  • Several programs are available that can help businesses affected by COVID-19, including layoff aversion programs.  For companies that includes:
    • SharedWork program (videos here) allows employers to reduce hours of permanent and hourly employees by as much as 50 percent; employees can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages.
    • If you need to shut down operations temporarily because an employee becomes sick and other employees need to be quarantined, your workers may be able to receive unemployment benefits and you may receive relief of benefit charges. You may request to place employees on standby for up to eight weeks and your employees can collect unemployment benefits without having to look for other work. You may request relief of benefit charges. Workers must accept any telework you offer.
    • For temporary layoffs due to a slowdown in business, you may request to place an employee on standby for eight weeks and your employee can collect unemployment benefits without having to look for other work. If on standby, workers must accept any work you offer that they can do without breaking quarantine. Relief of benefit charges cannot be granted in this situation.
    • Financial penalties may be waived for employers who file tax reports late, pay taxes late, or do not respond to requests for information in a timely fashion as a result of COVID-19.
    • This reference guide lists COVID-19 scenarios that Employment Security and other state agencies may be able to help with.
    • Layoff assistance information.
  • Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Q&A for employers and workers can be found here.
  • WSW joined forces with our partners at CREDC and hosted Zoom calls on March 18 and 20 where we walked through local, state and federal assistance available for impacted businesses. Access the slides from those calls here and watch the 3/20/20 video here.

Financial Assistance for Businesses

Guidance & Planning Resources for Businesses

Resources for Individuals

Whether it’s help finding a new job, signing up for unemployment benefits, searching for childcare or health questions, resources are available.

Unemployment Insurance

Update November 10: The job search requirement to receive unemployment insurance benefits is suspended through December 7. Get details and alerts from the Employment Security Department.

Historically high filings for unemployment insurance mean delays getting through on the phone and online. A little preparation before filing could save you time and reduce stress.

A few tips:

  1. Start by reading a list of Frequently Asked Questions WA State Unemployment Insurance FAQ.
  2. Then go to the unemployment website and review the checklist, watch the how to open a SAW account video, and see other resources. Spending a little time reading and preparing could make the filing process go more smoothly.
  3. An easy-to-read comparison guide lists some of the most common COVID-19 scenarios that may occur and the benefits that may apply (paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, paid family & medical leave, and industrial L&I insurance)
  4. Layoff assistance information
  5. Resources and FAQs for employees impacted by COVID-19

Job Search + Training Support

Our WorkSource and Next partners are available to help individuals seeking job search and training assistance.



Health and Health Care

Mental Health + Grief Support

Resources for Hispanic and Latinx Communities

Child Care

  • If your child care facility closed due to COVID-19 concerns, contact Child Care Aware of Washington’s Family Center at 1.800.446.1114 or for help searching for alternative child care. Child Care Aware is a nonprofit statewide child care resource and referral program for Washington State.
  • Educational Service District 112 Child Care Resource and Referral line 360.952.3466
  • If you are an essential worker or first responder and need immediate childcare, WeeCare is opening up its full directory across the nation and 24/7 service to find, locate and place you immediately at a home daycare for back-up care. To learn more visit or call 310.929.9579.

Additional Resources click here

Workforce Impact

As we continue to address the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis, the workforce system plays a vital role.

Individuals that are out of work are turning to the workforce system for many of the benefits and services included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. In addition, businesses are continuing to reach out to us for assistance in identifying and implementing options to meet their evolving workforce needs.

Read our newsletters about what we have been experiencing and how we are working to assist companies and individuals so our region and economy can recover.

Labor Market Data – Unemployment Insurance (UI)

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