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Special to The News-Courier
ABILENE—Workforce Solutions office locations across West Central Texas are delivering a full slate of virtual services to workers, employers, students, area families and child-care providers impacted by the spread of COVID-19.
Beginning this time of need, centers in Abilene, Brownwood, Snyder, and Sweetwater are no longer open to the public by walk-in or appointment, but staff remain committed to serving customers virtually.
Online services are available at www.workforcesystem.org including a live chat feature, JOBS NOW! listing of immediate job openings, virtual workshops, orientations, and how-to videos, information for individuals experiencing a layoff, programs to support employers during a business slowdown, and more. Phone lines are open, and customers can call (325) 795-4200 or toll free (800) 457-5633 for assistance. Staff will also host Q&A sessions on Facebook Live every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m.
The Texas Workforce Commission has announced programs to help Texans in need such as expanding unemployment benefits for workers impacted by job loss or work stoppage, shared work and mass claims for employers and an additional $40,000,000 statewide in child-care contributions for families and providers.