Virginia Creates Website to Match Job Seekers with Openings


Virginia Creates Website to Match Job Seekers with Openings

Written by Andrew Westrope

More than 800,000 Virginians filed unemployment claims since state lockdowns started, officials with the Virginia Employment Commission told media on June 11. The Washington Post reported the state had almost as many unemployment claims during the pandemic as in the last five years combined.

Fortunately, prior investments in digital services left the state with some options. Before end of business on June 12, Virginia had launched a new online portal for handling job applications, along with a dashboard of data analytics.

Built upon the state’s existing relationship with data analytics company Qlarion, the Virginia Career Works Referral Portal processes job applications and coordinates training and certifications for the thousands of suddenly-unemployed. Data analytics come in a separate Virginia Career Works Dashboard, a public database of charts and graphs about the state and regional labor markets, unemployment rate, wages, supply and demand, workforce program outcomes and other metrics.

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