Assistance for Workers and Job Seekers

Employment assistance and information for workers and job seekers impacted by the COVID 19 crisis in Alexandria.

Page updated on Jun 29, 2020 at 5:33 PM

Virtual Hiring Events, Webinars and Workshops

VCW Alexandria Arlington Virtual Job Fair July 15 2020

Virtual Job Fair | July 15. Register and attend the Virginia Careerworks Alexandria/Arlington Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Network with employers via chat rooms, private chats and video chats, and apply and interview for jobs. Registration and attendance is free. Sign up now to access employer information, current postings and more. Learn more about the event and how to register.

Job Opportunities

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Workforce Development Center is offering many of its services by phone and online. While workshops, hiring events and access to the Resource Center are suspended, we continue to operate under regular business hours. Learn more about and access WDC programs and services by calling 703.746.5990 or take advantage of our virtual services, including:

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More Job Opportunities

COVID-19 Contract Tracers
Staffing agencies in Virginia are hiring COVID-19 contact tracers, most of whom will be working from home, full time or part-time. Language and cultural competency, familiarity with the community and the ability to build rapport are skills needed. These jobs are filling up very quickly or may already be filled. Anyone interested should apply directly to the hiring agencies. Get a list of hiring agencies at or read or download a list. Those interested should also complete this free course. For job search support, contact the Workforce Development Center at 703.746.5990 or email

Assistance for Workers and Job Seekers Virginia Employment Commission (VEC)

If you have been totally or partially separated from your job, or you were self-employed and your work was impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, go to for information on eligibility for Unemployment Insurance and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA) or call 866.832.2363, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. A flowchart is also available to help provide additional information about applying for these programs. Citizenship status does not affect your eligibility for unemployment insurance or PUA.

  • Unemployment Insurance. On April 7, Virginia announced expansions in the VEC Unemployment Insurance program as a result of the Federal CARES Act, which provides increased benefits for workers collecting unemployment insurance by $600 for claims effective March 29 until July 31. Payments to eligible claimants will be retroactive and will be made automatically in conjunction with weekly claims. You can apply by visiting or
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. In addition, new benefits for previously uncovered workers were announced. Affected workers, like the self-employed, 1099 or gig workers, who are not eligible under traditional unemployment insurance may be eligible under this new federal program. View a checklist that provides more information about COVID-19 scenarios that are covered under this program. To be eligible for PUA, workers must first apply through traditional unemployment by visiting or vawc.virginia.govLearn more about PUA. 

Office of Governor Ralph Northam
COVID-19 FAQ for Workers | Spanish

Frequently asked questions for workers from the Office of Governor Ralph Northam that provides guidance on a range of topics, including the stimulus payment, unemployment, relief for self-employed and contractors, information for caregivers of family members with the coronavirus and more.

Other Resources

Resources to Meet Basic Needs: The City and its partners are working together to provide information and resources that may offer some level of support, security and stability for families in need due to the impacts of the coronavirus COVID-19. Learn about and access services to meet basic needs, such as food assistance, rent assistance, and healthcare childcare, or call Department of Community and Human Services Customer Relations Team at 703.746.5700 for assistance.

Coping Resources
: Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Taking care of yourself, your friends and your family can help you cope with stress.

For Updates

 For updates and additional information on resources for employers and job seekers, follow the Workforce Development Center on:

 For the latest information about COVID-19, visit