Covid-19 Response

Notice: Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemics, Sonoma County Job Link, America’s Job Centers of California is currently closed to all in-person services until further notice. Our Employment & Training staff, State of California Employment Development Department (EDD), and partner agencies are committed to providing services via phone, e-mail, and online. Please refer back to this site for any updates we may have.

Was your income impacted by COVID-19?

You may be eligible for a one time financial assistance opportunity.

Eligible individuals may include those who were:

  • Laid off or had hours reduced
  • Not able to work due to COVID-19 school/childcare closures
  • Unable to telework due to lack of equipment or technology
  • Unable to work because you or your family member were high risk for catching COVID-19

You could be reimbursed or receive assistance towards paying for:

  • Housing and Utilities
  • Childcare
  • Equipment to Telework
  • Other Assistance

For more information please call Job Link at (707) 565-5550


Quick link: Resources for Sonoma County Employers


Employees Affected by Covid-19

If your employment has been interrupted due to COVID-19 (fewer or no work hours, if you have been laid off, if you have been disabled as a result of), you can apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits. 

There is no waiting period to apply. The Governor’s executive order waives the one-week waiting period for Unemployment Insurance.


Instructions for filing an Unemployment Insurance Claim

Click here for Information You Need to File a UI Claim (PDF)

 Click here for instructions on filing a UI claim

Click here to watch “How to Apply for UI Benefits” (Video)


Ways to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim

You can file a claim online, by phone, mail or fax. It is highly recommended that you apply online. It is easy and fast.

 Click here for filing an online claim

Haga clic aquí para presentar su reclamo en Espanol

It is highly recommended that you apply online, but you can also file a claim by phone:

English: 1-800-300-5616
Spanish: 1-800-326-8937


Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19

Information about Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19.

 UI and COVID-19 FAQ


Still Have Questions?

Local EDD staff can answer your questions about filing for Unemployment Insurance.

*Please be prepared to leave a detailed message and a number for someone to call you back and leave a voicemail. *

The messages are checked many times throughout the day and your call will be returned as soon as possible but no later than within 24 hours.

For unemployment questions, please call us at: (707) 576-2850


Covid-19 Resources for Employers

The Job Link Business Services hotline number is 707-565-8079 or joblinkbusinessgroup@schsd.org.  This hotline and email are staffed.  Be aware that due to call volume you may need to leave a message.  All calls Monday – Friday will be returned within 24 hours.

Employers can also contact the Economic Development Board for information: http://sonomaedb.org/Business-Assistance/Business-Assistance-Coronavirus/.

If you are a business or employee the following are links to information and resources that can assist you in finding the help that you need and how to apply for Unemployment Benefits: 

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers

Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

If you are unsure of whether you should go to work or not, please contact your employer directly. 

Find more resources on our Business Resources page