Resources for Workers Affected by (COVID-19)

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Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in Texas due to COVID-19.

If you are a worker whose employment has been disrupted by economic changes caused by COVID-19 concerns, we can assist you in finding new work or training for a higher-skilled role in related industries.

Our centers and programs are working in a different capacity in response to concerns related to COVID-19. Our three centers are open by appointment only (in two-hour segments). Call your nearest center to schedule an in-person appointent.

You can also learn more about available assistance by completing this online form, or call us at 512.485.3792.


Unemployment Benefits Services

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) holds responsibility for the state unemployment compensation program. However, Workforce Solutions Capital Area works closely with TWC and can act as your local navigator to resources.

You can learn more about how to complete, submit, and confirm an Unemployment Benefits Services (UBS) application online at the TWC website (pdf).

Your first step in filing for Unemployment Benefits is to create a UBS login. To learn more about how to create a user ID and password, click here (pdf).

Wondering how to change your payment information or file an appeal? Find the answers to these questions and more at the TWC website.

Governor Abbott has waived the one-week waiting period for benefits and work search requirements for Unemployment Insurance.


Job Searching

Many job openings are available in Austin/Travis County. Search for jobs on, the state’s job search website. If you need assistance, call us at 512.485.3792.

Create an account to get started. Watch our online tutorials for help registering for an account. Click here to view the video playlist on YouTube.

We are maintaing a job list as part of our response to economic changes related to COVID-19.

Check out the list on our Jobs Now page, and go to to learn more about the included job openings.

If you live in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano or Williamson County, go to the Jobs Now page at Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area.


Additional Resources for Affected Workers

TWC has information on making smart financial choices after a job loss (pdf). is the states’ job search website. To register an account and begin applying for open positions, click here.

For workers who are a recent resident of Texas, or earned income in more than one state during their base period, TWC has information about benefits options.

2-1-1 Texas can assist people to access basic needs. Call 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 website to learn more.

Watch this video for tips on stress management, job searching and more:



More COVID-19 Resources

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 in Austin/Travis County, please refer to these official sources:

City of Austin COVID-19 Updates

Austin Center for Events COVID-19 Updates

Travis County COVID-19 Updates

Texas Workforce Commission COVID-19 Resources


For up-to-date information about Workforce Solutions Capital Area locations and programs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Workforce Solutions Capital

Phone: 512.485.3792
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workforce Solutions Capital Area is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available, upon request, to persons with disabilities. Relay Texas: 1.800.735.2989 (TDD) / 711 (Voice).

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