The Hampton Roads Workforce Council (HRWC), Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) #16, announces precautionary measures to deal with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

A pandemic like COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has profound impacts on our workers and businesses, so it’s important that we come together to support those who may lose their jobs and employers whose businesses will be impacted.

Board and Board Committee Meetings will be conducted virtually, as applicable and appropriate. For more information, please contact 757.314.2370.

Administrative offices in Norfolk will remain in operation.

Click HERE for resources provided by the Hampton Roads Chamber.

Click HERE for information about the 757 COVID-19 Business Recovery Forum.


Virginia Career Works Hampton Roads Region

Click HERE for updates. 

Please utilize the telephone and internet for virtual services.

Additional contact information:

757-629-4702 – Virginia Career Works – Norfolk

757-766-4900 – Virginia Career Works - Hampton

NextGen Pathways Program

The NextGen Pathways office in Virginia Beach is open for virtual appointments only. 

The NextGen Pathways program is offering a series of engaging workshops to assist youth ages 14-24. The workshops will focus on three specific areas - career development, financial literacy, and job search assistance. Each of these workshops will allow youth to interact with our staff virtually and learn helpful tips.

Workshops will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Weekly tutoring sessions will be held from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m on Wednesdays and 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

To sign up for the workshops or tutor sessions, click HERE.

For Youth Services information, contact Christina Brooks at either (757) 373-8732 or


Hampton Roads Veterans Employment Center

Click HERE for updates.

Staff members are available to assist via telephone and are continuing to provide mock interviews, resume assistance, and job search strategies virtually. 

Please check our Events Calendar for information about online workshops. Click HERE to register for the workshops.


FAQ for Workers

Click HERE to view the COVID-19 FAQ for Workers from the Governor's office.

Click HERE for the Spanish version.

Unemployment Information

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) is waiving the waiting week requirements for all new initial claims with an effective date of 3-16-2020 and beyond due to the Coronavirus outbreak in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They will also be waiving the work search requirements for all claimants starting with the week ending 3-21-2020.

For comprehensive guidance and resources about state benefits related to employment and COVID-19, we highly recommend this FAQ page from the Virginia Employment Commission.

Click HERE to view a general information flyer on unemployment procedures to file or re-open a claim.

If you are a worker who has been totally or partially separated from your job due to Coronavirus, please note that no claim for unemployment insurance may be filed or processed until an actual lay off from employment has occurred, or until there has been an actual reduction in hours.  When filing your claim for unemployment benefits, please be sure to check the reason for separation as Lack of Work/Lay off.  If you will be filing because of a reduction in hours, you will not receive benefits unless your gross earnings are less than your weekly benefit amount.  Currently the maximum weekly benefit amount in Virginia is $378.

File a new claim for unemployment benefits

VEC Unemployment Insurance Information Links:

Customer Contact Center 1-866-832-2363 Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Online Claims

File a New Claim for UI Benefits Online

Telephone Claims

File a New Claim for UI Benefits by Telephone:  1-866-832-2363
Available 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Closed weekends and state holidays.

Continuing Claims

It is your responsibility to file your weekly continued claim on time, each week, while you are receiving benefits. If you have filed an unemployment insurance application (UI), you must then file a weekly claim for each week or you will NOT be paid. It is recommended to do this on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday of each week if you remain unemployed and want to be paid for the prior week. 

Contact Information Changes

If your contact information changes at any time, it is your responsibility to notify  the VEC immediately at: 1-866-832-2363 or complete the name/address change form: Instructions | Form.

TTY Callers

For TTY Callers: Virginia Relay, Call 711 or 800-828-1120

Virginia Relay enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, or speech disabled to communicate by TTY (text telephone).

For additional VEC information, contact Hosey Burgess at either 757-629-4703 or

Businesses Hiring in the 757

The Virginia Department of Health is looking for 1,300 people to hire to trace the coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a contact tracer is tasked with notifying someone if they’ve been exposure and to help ensure that person is safely quarantined.

The department’s website lists the following positions:

  • District COVID-19 case investigator = 200 positions
  • District COVID-19 data manager = 70 positions
  • District COVID-19 contact tracer = 1,000 positions
  • Regional COVID-19 analytics coordinator = 5 positions
  • Regional COVID-19 testing coordinator = 10 positions
  • Regional COVID-19 contact tracing supervisor = 10 positions

If you are interested in any of these positions, please click either of the links below for a list of staffing agencies where you can apply: VDH COVID-19 Staffing Agency or VDH COVID-19 University Career Connections. You should indicate that you want to apply for a COVID-19 position through the Virginia Department of Health.


Click HERE to search for open positions in your area. 

See below for additional companies hiring in the 757. 



City of Franklin

Cox Communications


Dollar General

Dollar Tree


DTE Energy

Eastern Virginia Medical School 

Enviro-Clean Services


Hungtington Ingalls NN Shipbuilding




Papa Johns


Pizza Hut




Tidewater Home Care

Top Guard Security 

TownScapes Landscaping

Trader Joes


Walmart (Truck Drivers)



Business/Employer Services

If you are a business owner or HR representative for an employer considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, we encourage you to contact our Business Services team. We will get back to you within one (1) business day, or sooner, to discuss information and services that may assist impacted employees, including Unemployment Insurance, tax assistance, layoff aversion strategies, financial planning, remote access career services and more.

For more information, contact Steve Cook at

The Hampton Roads Chamber is a resource for all businesses. They have created a COVID-19 Business Resource Guide.  This includes valuable information to help small and large businesses sustain themselves through this crisis here in Hampton Roads.



Childcare for Working Parents

Hampton Roads’ childcare providers are working closely with county and state authorities to continually assess the situation and ensure safety.  The links to resources below provide additional details childcare assistance:

Childcare Hotline Number: 1-866-543-7852

Meal Pickup Sites for Public School Students




Isle of Wight County


Virginia Beach


Meals will be available at SP Morton Elementary School daily from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Southampton County

Meals will be available at Riverdale Elementary School, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Financial Aid Assistance for College

The Virginia Tidewater Consortium For Higher Education financial aid counselors are available help with questions about the financial aid process. Please call 757.683.2312 and leave a message with your name and phone number. A counselor will call you back within 24 hours or sooner in most cases.  ALL SERVICES ARE FREE!

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