(Formerly Oregon Northwest Workforce Investment Board)

We are a non-profit organization that invests federal and state funds into the workforce systems in Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, and Tillamook Counties.

Northwest Oregon Works is committed to supporting impacted employees and businesses to the greatest extent possible. To this end we have summarized below the current guidance on how both workers and employers can access support in Oregon. As you are aware, the situation is evolving fairly quickly and therefore we included links to pertinent information to ensure you have the latest information.


Unemployment Insurance - Individuals who cannot work may apply for unemployment insurance. Please know that applications can be completed online through this site


If a business is experiencing impacts from COVID-19 and need assistance, please direct them to the following resources:


Our apologies, we have depleted our layoff aversion funds and are no longer accepting applications for funding.  We wish our business community well during this challenging time.


WorkShare – a program that helps businesses avoid layoffs by leveraging unemployment insurance (UI) to subsidize a portion of lost wages.
Rapid Response – is a task force specifically designed to promote economic recovery and vitality by planning with businesses to avert or respond to layoffs and dislocations to prevent or minimize the impact on workers, businesses and communities. Our team will work directly with businesses and their employees to assist in layoff aversion strategies, help affected worker apply for unemployment benefits, find access to health care resources and training so they can get back to work rapidly. Please contact our Program Manager Debra Smith directly at Debra@onwib.org or (541)921-7329 for more information.

Other Helpful Resources:
Business Oregon Resources
Small Business Administration Resources
Up to date announcements

Rapid Response Health Insurance Marketplace Video

COVID- 19 Employer & Worker Support & Resources - Special Announcement

Friday, April 24, 2020

Board Meeting

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Location: TBD