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Monterey County Promotes Workforce Resiliency During COVID-19 Pandemic with Free Job Training and Certification

Monterey County’s unemployment rate shot up to an astounding 20.2% in April 2020, up from 12.2% in March 2020. This resulted in 41,800 unemployed individuals in April compared to 26,200 in March. The Monterey County Workforce Development Board / (MCWDB) is here to help job seekers and workers counter COVID-19 impacts and find resiliency, by providing free access to Metrix Learning (Metrix) – a dynamic online training platform that assesses job seeker interests and skills gaps, and then creates an individual Training Plan aligned with a targeted career pathway. Read more…

Closed SignCoronavirus: Local Unemployment Spiking, Historic Rate Expected

Salinas, CA – April 17, 2020Reposted from Monterey Herald – A year after a booming economy brought a historically low local jobless rate, unemployment claims are skyrocketing as businesses across all industries remain closed due to the coronavirus-inspired Monterey County shelter-in-place order. According to Workforce Development Board Executive Director Christopher Donnelly, there were 20,551 new unemployment claims filed by local workers over three weeks ending April 4, and a University of the Pacific Eberhardt School of Business study has projected the local unemployment rate will balloon to 19.4 percent with more than 39,000 out of work by next month. Read more…

We’ve moved

The MCWDB has relocated its main office to 344 Salinas Street in Oldtown Salinas, Suite 101.  There is parking available on-site.

New location for America’s Job Center in Monterey County

America’s Job Center, also known as the One Stop Career Center, has moved to Oldtown Salinas. AJCC has relocated to 344 Salinas Street in Salinas.  Parking is available on-site.

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