COVID-19 Newsroom

Resource MFG hosts drive-through job fair at Workforce Services building

7/6/2020 -- Creative solutions have been necessary throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and Resource MFG has come up with another one.

Wyoming employers to receive Workers' Compensation premium credits

7/2/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) will be issuing premium credits to eligible Wyoming employers enrolled in the Workers' Compensation program starting this month.

Dislocated Worker Grants provide help for those out of work due to COVID-19

6/23/2020 -- There is help available for workers who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has several programs to help unemployed workers find work or get training in order to find new or better jobs.

Unemployment claimants called back must accept work to remain eligible for benefits

6/16/2020 -- Unemployment claimants called back must accept work, the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) reminds unemployment claimants. Federal law requires that those who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to the COVID-19 pandemic must return to work if called back.

13-week extension of unemployment benefits now available

6/12/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) announced today that after extensive testing, the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program is now open to applicants.

13-week extension of unemployment benefits now available

6/3/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) warns unemployment insurance claimants about potential scams aiming to steal personal information. Be aware of potential fraud and only use the official website to file an online claim.

Wyoming employers to receive Workers' Compensation premium credit

5/21/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) will be issuing premium credits to eligible Wyoming employers enrolled in the Workers' Compensation program starting this July.

DWS enlists call center to assist with unemployment claims

5/18/2020 -- The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is contracting with 30 additional call center agents in order to reduce the hold times and process the unprecedented number of Unemployment Insurance claims the agency has been receiving.

DWS now paying unemployment for self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers and others

5/01/2020 -- The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is now accepting UI applications from those individuals who do not qualify for regular Unemployment Insurance benefits, but do qualify for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. This program, which is part of the CARES Act, provides up to 39 weeks of Unemployment Insurance benefits for those who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, those who have exhausted their regular and extended benefits and others.

Wyoming Workforce Services hosts town hall on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

4/27/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) will hold a virtual town hall to provide information about Pandemic Unemployment Insurance programs, as well as answer questions from job seekers and employers.

Wyoming residents have received more than $42 million in Unemployment Insurance aid during pandemic

4/24/2020 -- Since the coronavirus pandemic began in Wyoming, workers in the state have received more than $42 million in Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits from a combination of federal emergency aid and the state UI fund.

Wyoming Workforce Services launches town hall series

4/17/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) will host a series of virtual town halls to provide additional information about Department programs and unemployment insurance benefits, as well as answer questions from job seekers and employers.

Unemployment claimants called back must accept work to remain eligible for benefits

4/16/2020 -- Unemployment claimants called back must accept work, the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) reminds unemployment claimants. To remain eligible for unemployment benefits, federal law requires that those who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to the COVID-19 pandemic must return to work if called back.

CARES benefits expected to be available week of April 27

4/14/2020 -- The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) fully intends to begin accepting Unemployment Insurance applications from those individuals who qualify for some of the benefits included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by the end of the week of April 27, if not sooner.

Protecting grocery & other essential workers from COVID-19

4/14/2020 -- During his April 8 press conference, Gov. Gordon discussed steps grocery stores should implement to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services supports these strategies for the protection of the public and our workforce.

Federal aid to more Wyoming residents coming soon

4/6/2020 -- The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is readying to update its Unemployment Insurance (UI) system to distribute unemployment funds from the Coronavirus stimulus package to boost jobless benefits.

Wyoming sees spike in unemployment due to COVID-19

4/3/2020 -- The COVID-19 outbreak has had a dramatic effect on every sector of the workforce, and the Department of Workforce Services stands ready to help those impacted.

Wyoming Unemployment Insurance announces change in filing process

4/2/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) unemployment insurance division announced today a change in its unemployment insurance claims filing process in order to better serve citizens seeking benefits.

Demand high for Layoff Aversion Grants offered to Wyoming businesses

3/30/2020 -- Wyoming businesses exceeded the grant application limit for the Layoff Aversion Grants offered by the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and the Wyoming Workforce Development Council (WWDC) last week.

Department of Workforce Services offices open and serving the public

3/19/2020 -- Department of Workforce Services (DWS) offices throughout the State of Wyoming are open and actively serving individuals. People who have been laid off and looking for work can find assistance at one of the department's 20 locations.