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COVID 19 - Business Update

Release Date: 2020-03-21

Dear Neighbor,

As we continue to get through this unprecedented event together, my team and I are continuing to work hard to keep you up to date on everything that is happening. Please use the information below and share it with others to try and help those experiencing financial insecurity. We have to continue to be Safer at Home but that doesn't mean we can't find new opportunities for work!

The WorkPlace job center (4811 Airport Plaza Dr., Ste. 120) will remain open to assist Long Beach families, workers and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Our job center is here to assist Long Beach residents file for unemployment, and other protections and services. 

We know the current health emergency is negatively impacting thousands of workers and hundreds of businesses here in Long Beach. Keeping our job centers open to assist our employers, workers and their families during this economic emergency helps to address many other challenges. 

Managed by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network, The WorkPlace Job Center provides services to workers seeking information about job openings, vocational training, unemployment insurance benefits and additional workforce opportunities in Long Beach, Signal Hill and the Los Angeles Harbor communities.  

Services at The WorkPlace include: 

  • Job search assistance with connections to employers who are hiring. 
  • Career counseling and vocational training to help individuals make long-term plans and connect to growing sectors of the economy. 
  • Information about special state, county and city programs for workers who face potential layoffs and downsizing. 
Information sessions take place on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. In accordance with social distancing protocols associated with COVID-19, orientations will be limited to nine individuals, while one-on-one counseling sessions will take place by phone. These resources and additional updates will be presented at 2:00 p.m. on weekdays during a live feed from the Pacific Gateway’s Instagram account @pacgateway.  

Information about small business loans, business consulting and other programs can be found at www.longbeach.gov/economicdevelopment/covid-19-business-support/.   

Businesses seeking applications to state, federal and city loan programs, WorkShare employment programs and other support services can call the City’s Economic Development Department’s business hotline at 562-570-4BIZ (4249) or visit www.longbeach.gov/economicdevelopment/covid-19-business-support/

Additional information about The WorkPlace is available at www.pacific-gateway.org. 

Stay Healthy,
Your Councilwoman, Mary Zendejas