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Workforce Partnership Discusses Financial Help For Those Impacted By Coronavirus

A closed signed at the Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt store at the Hilton Bayfron...

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Above: A closed signed at the Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt store at the Hilton Bayfront in downtown San Diego on March 14, 2020, because of the coronavirus crisis.

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The San Diego Workforce Partnership provides people with employment assistance and information on state benefits. Andrew Piccard, chief programs officer for Workforce Partnership, joins Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss what help is available to those facing financial difficulties because of coronavirus.

Aired: March 19, 2020 | Transcript

As businesses close their doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many employees have been laid off or had their hours reduced.

Local, state and federal governments are working to put tools in place to help people during this difficult financial time.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership provides people with employment assistance and information on state benefits.

Andrew Picard, chief program officer for Workforce Partnership, joins Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss what help is available to those facing financial difficulties because of coronavirus.

Interview highlights:

  • Those who have been laid off or had their hours reduced are eligible for unemployment and the waiting period to apply has been waived. Part-time workers and those who are self-employed may also be eligible. Apply online or by calling.
  • If you are having trouble getting through on the phone or online, Picard encourages people to keep trying or contact one of Workforce Partnership's career centers.
  • If you possibly have coronavirus or have been told to quarantine yourself due to possible exposure, you may be eligible for disability.
  • If your family member possibly has coronavirus and you need to care for them, you may be eligible for paid family leave.
  • If you are an at-risk population, 65 or older or have a pre-existing condition, you may be eligible for unemployment or disability.
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