Workforce Development & COVID-19 – Today’s Update
March 23, 2020
Your OneWorkSource Centers’ staff is here to help!

Just like every business in the State of New York, the OneWorkSource Centers in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties are closed to the public. Be assured our agencies in Plattsburgh, Elizabethtown, Malone and Indian Lake continue to work for the North Country from home. Presently, requests for Unemployment Insurance (UI) information is in great demand and the local NYSDOL staff is responding quickly to messages left on our centers’ voicemails. Also, individuals looking for information can access it on our COVID-19 webpage at .

These are challenging times but as we have done in the past, we will prevail and come out of this crisis together and stronger. This is possible thanks to the hard work of dedicated and essential workers, the unfailing spirit of our communities and every person who goes above and beyond what is needed. 

Stay healthy!
COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loan Program - The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) federal disaster loan program has been approved for all counties in NYS and is available for applications. Low-interest loans for working capital are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private non-profit organizations suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout New York State. Information on the program, how to apply, and a webinar can be found on ESD’s website located here: .
Workforce Development Institute Remains Active and Focused
The impact of COVID-19 has had profound effects on employers, workers, parents, and children alike. WDI staff has quickly shifted to working remotely and remains available to NYS employers, unions, and parents. 
United Way Helpline: DIAL 2-1-1

2-1-1 gives you free information - over the phone- 24 hours 7 days a week or visit the website . If 2-1-1 is temporarily unavailable on your phone, call 1-888-774-0289
Click this link for more details

The North Country Chamber of Commerce 's office will be closed as of Monday, March 23. All Chamber staff have been set-up to continue serving their members and the region from home.  

This resource guide is updated daily with useful links and tips for employers and employees.

This forum allows businesses to share company policy changes, strategies and ideas to help one another navigate COVID-19
Links to Relevant Information Related to COVID-19
        NYS Governor’s Office Press Releases: · ;
**Unemployment Insurance**
Filing for Unemployment Insurance
Extended telephone filing hours as follows:
Monday through Thursday, 8am to 7:30pm.
Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm.
Saturday, 7:30am to 8:00pm.

  • Click HERE for the link to our website
  • Click on Covid-19 Workforce Resources
  • Unemployment Insurance Information
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