Developing a Quality Workforce!
July 2019
Vol III, Issue 3
Mark Your Calendars
The Workforce Development Board of Madera County is planning the 2019 Fall Job Fair. The event will take place on October 24, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Pan-American Community Center, 703 E. Sherwood Way—Madera, CA. If you would like to participate and reserve a booth free of charge, please complete the registration form below and email it to
Madera County Unemployment Rate
The unemployment rate in Madera County was 7.0 percent in June 2019, up from a revised 6.3 percent in May 2019, and below the year-ago estimate of 7.1 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 4.1 percent for California and 3.8 percent for the nation during the same period.  

View Madera County unemployment trend for the past six months and all Central Valley Counties unemployment rate for June 2019 by clicking HERE
Business and Education Shareholders' Luncheon
On August 27, 2019, the Madera County Compact will honor two outstanding businesses, Camarena Health and Kern Family Farm, at the annual Shareholders' Luncheon. The Luncheon will be held at the Madera County Superintendent of Schools Conference Center, 1105 South Madera Avenue, Madera, CA 93637 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The tickets to the luncheon are $30.00. To purchase tickets, sponsor a table or to get more information, contact: Kristi Winter at (559) 662-3873, or email .
Job Skill Assessment
Take the guesswork out of hiring and promoting employees with WorkKeys— a skill evaluation tool that helps you build a high-performance workforce.

W orkKeys, ACT's workplace assessment tool, is the gold standard in skills testing. Thousands of companies, and educational institutions worldwide use WorkKeys. WorkKeys uses the same scale to score tests and measure job skills, so you can make quick comparisons between a person's skill levels and the job requirements.

For more information please contact
Madera County Workforce Investment Corporation
(559) 662-4500
Rapid Response Services
If you are reducing the size of your workforce or anticipating a business closure, Rapid Response services can help you meet your business needs while recognizing the needs of your employees.  The Madera County Workforce Assistance Center Rapid Response Team will be responsive to your concerns such as confidentiality, maintaining productivity and transitioning your employees to new jobs or training.  
Our Rapid Response Team can present options and provide assistance to employers who wish to develop lay-off aversion strategies, business retention, recruitment services or link to local economic development activities.
Even in a robust economy employers may need to engage in layoffs, downsizing and restructuring in order to adjust to changing technology and industry fluctuations. Your local Workforce Assistance Center can provide assistance to both you and your employees to manage changes and lessen the impact. Call us at (559) 662-4500 to speak to a member of the Rapid Response Team or to schedule an on-site visit.
Workforce Media
In this episode, you'll learn about the Transitional Job Training program, and the benefits of the program for both employers and job seekers. You'll hear from an employee who went through the program, an employer who has utilized the program, and the Disability Resource Coordinator for the Madera County Workforce Investment Corporation.

Listen HERE