CareerSource Palm Beach County Offices Closed by County Order; Limited Services Available Online/Email/Phone Amid COVID-19 Impact

Palm Beach County officials have ordered CareerSource Palm Beach County to close its offices until further notice. Limited virtual services will be available online and by email and phone.

“It’s important to follow the county’s order to close our centers to the public to help protect our customers, staff and community partners,” said Julia Dattolo, interim president and CEO of CareerSource Palm Beach County. “We are using technology to provide limited services to our customers in the form of emails, online and phone communications, website and social media channels.”

Virtual Services: CareerSource Palm Beach County is serving many of its customers’ needs remotely through its Virtual Career System (VCS), available from our home page at www.careersourcepbc.com. The VCS is available 24/7 to serve you from your home via computer or mobile device for:

  • Job seekers: Guidance for your job search campaign, including creating a professional resume and posting it on the Employ Florida statewide jobs database, preparing for job interviews and conducting online job, industry and employer research. Job searches can also be conducted via the online state jobs database at: www.employflorida.com
  • Employers: Connect with talent, including posting/managing job openings, searching for talent and using the virtual recruiter feature, exploring wage/salary information and how to apply for employee training grants.
  • Students: Explore career interests and options, including identifying and building on skills to discover career and educational opportunities.

Services for Employers: Our Business Services staff can connect your business with qualified candidates for your job openings – at no cost to you. Contact us at www.careersourcepbc.com or call 561.340.1060 and select option 3.

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is available to provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period is open now and runs through May 8, 2020. Interested businesses should visit FloridaDisasterLoan.org for more information.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is also offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury.

The Short Time Compensation Program, also known as Work Sharing, allows employers to receive assistance with retaining their employees. The program is administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced — helping to avoid layoffs.

The Business Damage Assessment survey evaluates businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. All businesses that have been impacted should fill out the survey at https://floridadisaster.biz/.

Options for Filing Unemployment Claims: Those wishing to file a claim for unemployment/reemployment assistance must do so with the Florida Reemployment Assistance (RA) program.  CareerSource is not affiliated with Florida RA. Those needing assistance or additional information should contact Florida RA directly for:

General information: (800) 204-2418 or www.floridajobs.org

How to file a claim: (800) 681-8102 or www.floridajobs.org

Florida RA advises those filing claims online to do so at night when system demand decreases. Callers should expect long delays due to the expected surge in the number of applicants.

CareerSource is continuing to monitor information updates from national, state and local sources regarding the coronavirus outbreak.  Updates on services and operations will be posted on the organization’s website at www.careersourcepbc.com