August 26, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to impact Alameda County and the East Bay, we know that many local residents have been furloughed or even forced out of work due to the economic fallout of the pandemic. 

Recent reports have shown that, based on labor market information published by California’s Employment Development Department, more and more Alameda County residents are rejoining our local workforce. 

In fact, Alameda County’s unemployment rate fell to 13.4 percent in July 2020 – a month-over-month decline and a marker that shows Alameda County in better shape than California at-large, which had a 14.9 percent unadjusted unemployment rate in June. 

Across Alameda and Contra Costa counties, the total number of jobs increased by 18,500 in May, with the most significant gains coming in construction, private educational services, health services, and leisure and hospitality industries.

This is certainly good news, but with a county-wide labor force of more than 801,000, that means more than 100,000 of our friends and neighbors are still searching for their next opportunity. If you’re part of that group, we’re here for you, working hard to make you feel safe while assisting you with your financial needs.

If you’re currently looking for a new job right now, here are some resources that may assist you during your time of need. And, of course, please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help.

  • Alameda County’s Online Employment Center is the home for any job postings related to Alameda County government. Positions range from administrative team members and civil engineers to firefighter recruits. Every position’s salary range and filing deadline are clearly noted, and you can fine-tune your job search based on department, location, and specific keywords. If you don’t find a County position that fits your current needs, go ahead and complete this application template, which will make it much faster to apply for future roles with Alameda County.
  • In addition to allowing you to post your resume online, get career guidance, and search for jobs, job fairs, and workshops across California, CalJOBS lets you narrow down your search to current vacancies within Alameda County. The CalJOBS website is available in both English and Spanish, while mobile apps (available at Google Play and Apple’s App Store) help you search for jobs from wherever life takes you.
  • Don’t let the name fool you – in addition to assisting its community college students, faculty, and staff, the College of Alameda Career and Employment Center offers free employment services for many East Bay residents. Job postings submitted by local employers are added to the site as they arrive, then organized by industry for easy access.
  • EASTBAY Works, a network of 13 business and career centers located throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, provides local job seekers with a host of self-directed resources, including job search workshops, basic computer classes, and access to phones, copiers, computers, and more. Its staff provides one-on-one career counseling, networking opportunities, and job placement assistance to area residents looking for work.
  • The Tri-Valley Career Center (TVCC) doesn’t just help local job seekers find their next great role; it provides them with workspace, counseling, and in some cases, direct referrals to local companies. TVCC works with small business owners and employers in the area to help them promote and fill their current vacancies too.  
  • If you’re thinking about a new line of work but lack the necessary experience, California’s Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) could help you gain the skills you need to succeed. DAS consultants work with employers from around the state in hopes of meeting their skilled-worker needs. Find an apprentice program.

If you’d rather see the largest collections of job postings in our area, we recommend visiting a few of the most well-known online employment sites, like LinkedIn.com and Indeed.com. On these sites, you’ll see precisely when jobs were posted (and be able to see the newest gigs first), sort by position type (full-time, part-time, or remote) and fine-tune your results by salary and experience level too. We’ve gone ahead and narrowed each site’s results to jobs currently available in Alameda County - give them a look! LinkedIn | Indeed

We’re Here to Help

We know many of our friends, neighbors, and members are currently underemployed or unemployed. At 1st United Credit Union, being a good neighbor is at the heart of everything we do. 

So, if you’ve been impacted by today’s economic changes, we want to do all that we can to help. That’s why we’ve partnered with BALANCE to offer you free financial education and counseling services (including this Surviving a Financial Crisis toolkit), as well as debt management programs, repayment plans, and student loan deferral options.

To get started with BALANCE, set up your free account online, or call (888) 456-2227 and tell them 1st United Credit Union sent you.