Lose your job during the coronavirus pandemic? Here are some resources to help

Billions allocated to help minority-owned businesses stay afloat during pandemic
Posted at 3:37 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 16:37:07-04

Hundreds of thousands of workers are unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many have yet to receive unemployment insurance.

Here are a number of resources you can use to prepare to get back into the workforce.

Employ Milwaukee is running a virtual job readiness program next week to help those who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program is free to join.Interested individuals should call Jovo Potkonjak at 414-270-7529 or email

While physical locations are closed, some job centers are still operating through the pandemic. Here's how to reach them.

Job Center Central: Call 414-874-0318 for Job Service staff assistance regarding unemployment and other services.

Milwaukee Southeast Job Center (UMOS): Call: 414-389-6607 for Job Service staff assistance regarding unemployment and WIOA services.

Employ Milwaukee has a number of other resources on its webpage, click here for more.

If you're struggling to make ends meet while you're out of a job, Community Advocates has set up a specific hot line for people who cannot pay their rent during the pandemic. That number is 414-270-4646.

They also run an energy assistance program if you fall behind on your bills. You can reach that program by calling 414-270-4653.