National COVID-19 Emergency
For the most up-to-date information, please use the following websites:
Business Needs Assessment
for Affected Employers
Please complete a
to provide information needed for a rapid assessment and report to the state on COVID-19's impact on Coos, Curry and Douglas
County businesses and employers.
Please return completed forms by email, fax, or text:
Or text a picture of the form by texting the word “response” to 484848 and following the instructions.
Please avoid going to a local WorkSource office, unless help is needed to access a phone or a computer with internet. Unemployment Insurance claims are processed at centers in Portland and Bend. Going to a local office will not expedite processing, and entry into the building is being limited to comply with public health restrictions.
Affected employees can file for unemployment insurance online or by phone 1-877-345-3484.
Rapid Response is a proactive, business-focused, and flexible strategy designed for two major purposes:
To respond to announcements of layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and promoting immediate aid to companies and their affected workers to ensure rapid reemployment, and to minimize the negative impacts of layoff.
To help growing companies access the resources they need to continue to be successful, including helping meet existing and future talent needs.
Our region's Rapid Response Team can provide services to help company leadership and affected workers through the painful transitions associated with job loss. We help affected workers apply for unemployment benefits, access other income support and healthcare resources and connect to training and reemployment services.
In response to the current state of the workforce impacted by COVID-19, there is an option to conduct Rapid Response sessions virtually. The Unemployment Insurance (UI) presentation, is reflective of the new Unemployment Claimant Handbook and provides updated information for new claimants filing for UI.
Contact SOWIB Rapid Response Lead:
Rena Langston – 844-532-6893 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the State of Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission Office of Workforce Investments (OWI) has released federal additional assistance funding thru the Local Workforce Board System throughout the state. The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act fund for layoff aversion activities are designed to prevent, or minimize the duration of, unemployment resulting from layoffs.
Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board will distribute Layoff Aversion Funds in Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties with the following parameters:
Requests must be a result of the business impact from COVID-19
Small businesses/organizations with fewer than 20 employees
Limited to reimbursements for supplies and/or equipment up to $5,000
To be considered to receive Layoff Aversion Funds you must complete an Application for Layoff Aversion Funds.
The Rapid Response Team may also help companies avoid layoffs, so contact them to learn more about the following:
Work Share - Work Share provides an alternative for employers and workers facing the prospect of a layoff. Instead of reducing staff, an employer reduces the hours of work for a group of workers. Partial Unemployment Insurance benefits are then paid to supplement workers' reduced wages.
Customized Layoff Aversion Funds - Limited funds have also been made available for us to support companies with customized layoff aversion strategies. For example, these funds can be used to purchase software and equipment to support employees working from home and for cleaning/sanitizing services. Funds are limited and we cannot guarantee every application will be funded.
Please use the following links:
If businesses are completely closing, business owners should inform their employees of this in writing and that all employees are laid off until further notice. It is very important for businesses to also file a WARN Notice. Both of these actions help track closures and provide workers with documentation to claim Unemployment Insurance. WARN Notices help trigger additional state and federal funding for our region that can be utilized in flexible ways to help people during this crisis. For assistance, contact: John Asher - 503-947-2413 or email@example.com