Volume IV | Issue 1
Developing a Quality Workforce!
Vallarta Supermarkets Hiring Process

V allarta Supermarkets is conducting a series of hiring events and interviews every Tuesday and Thursday at Madera Workforce Assistance Center.
As of July 21st , the company has interviewed 582 individuals using our OneStop facility. The Business Services team and Vallarta staff is strictly following CDC guidelines, making sure applicants are wearing face covering, keeping social distancing, disinfecting all surfaces after each use and bringing plastic shields. Vallarta will be utilizing the Workforce Assistance Center until their opening day on mid September.

The Supermarket will be located in the old Mervyns building on Country Club Dr.

For over 25 years, Vallarta Supermarkets has maintained an image characterized by family values, service, cleanliness, beautiful decor, a pleasant shopping ambiance and a large variety of products in all departments. Vallarta Supermarkets offers its clientele exceptional quality, outstanding service and great prices that keep them coming back to the stores. 

If your business needs to conduct a hiring event and would like to use our facility at no-cost, please contact the Business Services Team at (559) 662-4540 or (559) 662-4528.
Virtual Rapid Response Orientations
The Workforce Development Board of Madera County is conducting a series of virtual Rapid Response Orientations.

Our Rapid Response Team, comprised of four local partners, offers a 60 minute webinar to provide individuals with information about:
  • Filing for Unemployment Insurance benefits
  • Job search assistance
  • No-cost job training assistance
  • Low cost auto insurance
  • Cal-Fresh, cash aid, medical assistance
  • and more

Webinars are conducted every Wednesday at 10:00 via zoom. On Wednesday August 5th, the webinar will be in Spanish.

If you know anyone who has been affected by a lay off or furlough as a result of COVID-19, please share THIS FLYER with them.

For Spanish speaking job seekers, please share THIS FLYER .
Madera County Unemployment Rate
The unemployment rate in Madera County was 14.1 percent in June 2020, down from a revised 15.1 percent in May 2020, and above the year-ago estimate of 6.8 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 15.1 percent for California and 11.2 percent for the nation during the same period.  
Number of Weekly Unemployment Insurance Initial Claims for Madera County
Please Note: The data by county represents the mailing address given by the claimant at the time of filing for UI. It is possible that an individual can reside in a different county than their mailing address. Also, this information does not represent the county where the individual worked. It is also possible that a claimant could have moved or changed their mailing address after filing for UI which would not be reflected here. Data for claimants residing outside of California but collecting benefits are not included in these figures nor are invalid addresses in California where a county cannot be determined. A “0” value is included in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) data for dates prior to April 28, when PUA was not available. Initial claims includes new claims, transitional claims, and additional claims of both regular and PUA type claims. The PUA claims is a breakout from this total that only includes initial PUA claims.
History Made! Madera Community College Center Receives Full College Status
A process and plan years in the making became reality, as the California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted unan­imously to recognize Madera Community College (MCC) as the 116th campus of the state’s community college system.  

EEOC Updates Employer Guidance
on Coronavirus and the ADA
On June 17, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
issued an additional answer to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about
how employers should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) while also observing all applicable emergency workplace safety
guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic. The new FAQ, which
addresses antibody tests (see A.7), was added to guidance that the EEOC
previously issued on March 18, 2020, and updated on April 9, 17, 23, May
7, and June 11, 2020.

Guidance for the use of face covering
Because of our collective actions, California has limited the spread of COVID-19 and associated hospitalizations and deaths in our state. Still, the risk for COVID-19 remains and the increasing number of Californians who are leaving their homes for work and other needs, increases the risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection.