The PTRC is monitoring COVID-19 and incorporating operational modifications as needed to protect the citizens we serve, our members, our partners, and our staff.  Our office will re-open on Monday, May 18th to staff, however, the office is still closed to visitors without a prior appointment.   Where applicable, meetings will continue to be held via teleconference. Staff will be available via phone and email. More

COVID-19 Resources for Individuals

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This is a challenging time in our region. We are here to help. Resources are being made available to help you in this time of crisis. Below is a list of some of those resources. Things are changing rapidly, and we will be updating this website as additional resources come available.

The staff of NCWorks Career Centers are also available by phone or email. Click here for NCWorks local area Career Center contact information.

For more information about local area NCWorks Career Centers, click the link below.

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COVID-19 Phase I Guide

On Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m., North Carolina will move to Phase I of the Stay at Home order. The order will remain in place with some modifications. Click here for a simple guide to understanding the modifications.

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File for Unemployment Benefits

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits

Visit the Department of Employment Security (DES) website.

FAQ for individuals, visit FAQ on the DES website.


Expanded Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Independent contractors and self-employed workers are not typically eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. However, these individuals may qualify for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance available as a result of COVID-19. The Division of Employment Security is awaiting guidance from the federal government to implement the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. For more information and to apply, visit the Department of Employment Security (DES) website.


On-line Career Resources

Now is a great time to update update your resume! Search for jobs on-line! Or research labor market information! All these career resources and more are available on-line at the

The CARES Act for Gig Workers and Others Who Work for Themselves 

Each state has an existing unemployment insurance program that is designed to provide help to employees who recently lost their jobs and, consequently, their income. The CARES Act expands these programs to increase benefits and to include self-employed individuals who otherwise would not be eligible. Click the link below to learn more.

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The Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Program is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Local area NCWorks Career Centers and NCWorks NextGen Youth Programs operate under the guidance of Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board and are part of the state and national Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act system.