The NC Department of Commerce published a dashboard to view unemployment insurance (UI) claims by local area. Users can search by county, workforce development board or see cumulative data for the state. In the press release, Commerce noted that not all claims will be eligible for benefit payments.
CAWD will be summarizing and distributing monthly updates about initial claims to city and county leadership in Wake and Johnston counties.
Here is the March summary for our service area. Ninety percent (90%) of claims were Wake residents. As expected, the hospitality industry shed the most jobs. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many who have lost jobs during COVID-19 plan on returning to their employers. However, CAWD is preparing career centers for an influx of people who will seek new opportunities and may need job training.
The dashboard also allows users to see existing claims data, industries where claimants were employed, and claimant demographics.
Access the dashboard here.
Workforce Ready 2019: Disability Works! is being held in honor of Disability Awareness Month in North Carolina. The purpose of the event is to educate businesses about how to hire and retain individuals with disabilities.
Diversity and inclusion programs are growing among today’s businesses, but it goes well beyond race and gender. Disabled workers can be just as skilled and qualified as anyone else. The event is being held to help reduce the apprehension and misconceptions about hiring the disabled by providing relevant information and making resources available to the business community.
A panel discussion will feature businesses that have successfully integrated hiring those with disabilities into their hiring strategies. Organizations that help businesses implement programs and specialize in preparing disabled individuals for the workplace will also be present.
There is no fee to attend, but you must register or call 919-856-5390.
Workforce development is central to Governor Cooper’s administration. See the full announcement containing principles and goals of the initiative, and the role of workforce boards here.
*More than a third of companies surveyed by CareerBuilder are actively recruiting veterans. And almost half (47%) of the same employers have hired a former member of the armed forces in the last year. Employers love veterans for their initiative, work ethic, and tenacity, yet they can lack the technical skills and qualifications needed to enter the civilian workforce in such a competitive job market. In November, CAWD established the state’s first Specialized NCWorks Career Center for veterans to help veterans move more readily into civilian jobs. Veterans from all military branches can utilize the center and family members are welcome as well.
The National Guard Employment and Education Center (EEC) was already providing job search assistance to servicemen and women. Now they offer enhanced services. Capital Area’s one-stop staff trained National Guard personnel on NCWorks policies and procedures so that customers can receive any of the WIOA services for which they qualify, such as training for new skills or increasing current skill levels. They can also utilize the job matching capabilities of NCWorks.gov.
Although veterans can access workforce services at any NCWorks Career Center, being located in the NC National Guard Joint Force Headquarters offers more convenient access prior to exiting the military, and valuable peer support.
The Specialty NCWorks Career Center is located at 1636 Gold Star Drive in Raleigh.