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ABOUT US

The Central Virginia Workforce Development Board creates and sustains powerful connections between businesses and job seekers through a statewide network of employment professionals. The Virginia Career Works Central Region serves the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell, and the City of Lynchburg.

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CENTRAL VIRGINIA WEEKLY UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS EXPERIENCE FIRST DROP IN TWO MONTHS

5/22/2020: While remaining at a high number, continued claims for unemployment insurance in the greater Lynchburg area saw their first weekly decrease in two months according to the latest figures reported by the Virginia Employment Commission.

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CONTINUED CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CONTINUE TO RISE IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA

5/8/2020: The latest data released by the Virginia Employment Commission illustrates a continued upward trend in the number of people filing weekly claims for unemployment in the greater Lynchburg area.

According to VEC numbers released Thursday, May 7, 9,451 continued claims for unemployment insurance were filed in the Central Virginia Workforce Development Area during the week of May 2, 2020. Continued claims are made by individuals who have filed an initial claim for unemployment and are now making weekly claims to continue receiving benefits. The Central Virginia Workforce Development area includes the city of Lynchburg, along with the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell. Total employment for the Central Virginia Workforce Development Area was 108,959 in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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FUNDING AVAILABLE TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESSES IN TOWN OF BEDFORD

4/28/2020: Funding is available to help small businesses in the town of Bedford. The town’s economic development authority is offering grants of $5,000 to qualifying businesses, to cover costs such as rent/mortgage, utilities, and hiring new employees.

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UNEMPLOYMENT DATA AVAILABLE FROM VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION

4/23/2020: The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) announced April 23 that weekly initial claims for unemployment insurance climbed further down from its recent peak while the rate of growth in continued claims filings slowed significantly.

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HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR UNEMPLOYED WORKERS

4/17/2020: Have you or a loved one recently lost health insurance? You may be eligible for a special enrollment period to apply for a private policy through the Federal health insurance marketplace.

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TEN LOCAL BUSINESSES SELECTED TO RECEIVE COVID-19 RAPID RESPONSE FUNDING

4/15/2020: The Central Virginia Workforce Development Board announced April 15 that 10 employers were approved to receive Rapid Response funding through the United States Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I program, to help support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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INITIAL UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS SURPASS 7,000 IN LOCAL AREA

4/10/2020: Data reported April 9 indicates 7,526 people in the Central Virginia workforce area filed initial claims for unemployment insurance between the weeks of March 14 and April 4, 2020. The Central Virginia workforce region includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell along with the city of Lynchburg.

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IMPROVING OUR WORKFORCE EVERYDAY

The Central Virginia Workforce Development Board’s Strategic Plan outlines how we intend to improve the future for the workforce in the Virginia Career Works – Central Region.

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