Employment Assistance

Employment Assistance

Job Services:

The California Employment Development Department ( www.edd.ca.gov) and local partner agencies at all America’s Job Center of California locations throughout the state offer a wide variety of employment services, such as job search and referrals, and training. Job seekers and employers can connect with thousands of available job opportunities and qualified candidates through CalJobs, California’s online labor exchange system at www.caljobs.ca.gov. To find the nearest America’s Job Center of California, visit www.americasjobcenter.ca.gov .

Unemployment Benefits:

Workers who lose their jobs due to no fault of their own, such as in the case of a disaster, may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Eligibility for UI benefits requires that individuals be unemployed or working less than full time, be able to work, be seeking work, and be willing to accept a suitable job. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online. If you already have a UI claim, the best way to reopen your claim is through UI Online. Visit the California Employment Development Department (EDD) website at www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/ways_to_file.htm . UI claims may also be filed via telephone at (800) 300-5616; en español, call (800) 326-8937. For TTY, call (800) 815-9387.

Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services – Job Services:

The Department of Social Services has resources to help you online, in person, or one-on-one with a case manager. Visit online at the CalJOBS website at https://www.caljobs.ca.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx  for useful information and tools for job seekers and employers, such as labor market and career exploration information, resume writing assistance, job posting and recruitment services, and other web-based resources.

You may also visit in person at our One-Stop Workforce Resource Center (WRC). The WRC is a partnership of public, non-profit and community-based organizations. Our mission at the WRC is to provide training, education and employment services for job seekers and employers in a single, customer-friendly system. The WRC is open to any member of the public with locations in Santa Barbara at 130 E. Ortega St, (805) 568-1296; and Santa Maria at 1410 S. Broadway, (805) 614-1550. Both locations are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

DSS also offers case management, career counseling and training through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) program. If you qualify—and you’re willing to make a serious commitment to the program—you may be able to receive comprehensive assessments, career counseling, and referrals or funding for occupational training, on-the-job training, and skill upgrades or re-training. WIOA services are provided through the WRC system and overseen by a 29-member Workforce Development Board (WDB) of local business and community leaders.

Contact Office of Emergency Management

4408 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: 805-681-5526