Philadelphia Works' response to COVID -19

A Message from our President & CEO

As Philadelphia's workforce development board, we fully understand the severity of the economic impact that COVID-19 is having on our global and local economies. Businesses and individuals are navigating their priorities regarding health, safety, and the ability to sustain themselves and their families during these uncertain times.

For Philadelphia Works, the health and safety of the communities that we serve each day is our top priority. We are continuously reviewing and responding to local, state, and federal recommendations to inform our response to the rapidly changing guidance and directives regarding COVID-19. Additionally, we are ensuring that our decisions and efforts are in alignment with the offices of Mayor James Kenney and Governor Tom Wolf.

While most of our workforce system staff are working in a remote capacity, they have remained committed to our mission of responding to business needs and increasing economic opportunity for all Philadelphia residents. With the full support of PA CareerLink® Philadelphia, Philadelphia Works has developed a Transitional Jobs Program that will enable us to pay 100% of the wages for 400 workers to assist in citywide food distribution and to support the District’s efforts to inventory and distribute over 100,000 pieces of computer equipment so students can participate in distance learning.

In this newsletter, you will find workforce information and resources from both us and our workforce system partners. We are all in this together! For both businesses and job seekers who are navigating the impact of COVID-19, we fully support you during this time. Please stay connected by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

-H. Patrick Clancy
President & CEO, Philadelphia Works, Inc. 

Workforce Updates and Resources - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting the health, safety, and economic stability of communities across the globe. We are all navigating the downsizing and closures of businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations across the United States. The societal implications of COVID-19 are unprecedented, and unfortunately, with no clear ending in sight, many employers will be forced to temporarily or permanently lay off staff. This is particularly true for industries such as hospitality and retail, that depend on consumer spending to meet payroll and facility operating costs.

For Businesses

Hiring Now? List Your Open Positions With PA CareerLink® Philadelphia

Hire Now – Employers hiring at this time can post job opportunities here. If you need to speak to someone directly regarding the details of your open position or need to provide specific guidance for your job posting, please email or call (833) 750-5627.

Hire, Grow, and Retain Talent

Develop a Strong Talent Pipeline – If you are looking to develop a long-term strategy to hire, grow, and retain talent, contact a member of our Business Engagement Team at


Address industry-specific hiring and training needs

Support employee retention skills through upskilling

Build an earn and learn a model for talent pipeline development

Convene with industry leaders to effectively address common industry challenges

Prevent and minimize layoffs with training programs and early intervention


Procurement Opportunity

The city of Philadelphia’s Procurement and Emergency Management team has put together a process for qualified businesses to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to the City for at-risk front line workers. 

If you are interested, please click HERE for additional details and to submit your information.


For Career Seekers

Looking for Immediate Work? Quickly Access Open Positions

Individuals can quickly access immediate job opportunities here. If you need assistance in applying, please email, call (833) 750-5627, or visit PA CareerLink® Philadelphia. For an extensive list of available job opportunities and a complete job search experience, please visit

Looking for Career Guidance – Individuals looking for a long-term career pathway, please visit You can also email or call (833) 750-5627.

SURVEY: COVID-19 Impact on Workers

The City wants help in prioritizing the needs of workers impacted by COVID-19. If you work in the city and your employment has been impacted in any way because of COVID-19, please fill out the survey below:

SURVEY: COVID-19 Impact on Workers

The City is especially interested in those least likely to receive or have unemployment insurance through an employer. Please forward this survey to anyone you know so that the City can best prepare to get Philadelphia back to business post-COVID-19.

Additional Resources: Workforce Services, Unemployment Resources, and Healthcare Options

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), PA CareerLink® Philadelphia offices has canceled all public events and meetings until further notice. Our priority is the safety of our community and our customers. For more information and to access PA CareerLink® services during this time:


· Call: (833) 750-5627

· Email:

*Register to navigate the PA CareerLink® state-wide job search site at


Download the PA CareerLink® Philadelphia Resources

A Transparent Conversation: Philadelphia’s Workforce and COVID-19

H. Patrick Clancy, President & CEO at Philadelphia Works joins the program to have a transparent conversation about how COVID-19 is impacting the local workforce in Philadelphia. He discusses the importance of access to technology for all, business mobility, and how to move the workforce and local economy forward post COVID-19.  


Clancy also explains how Philadelphia Works has partnered with local private, public, and government agencies, namely, the City of Philadelphia, The Chamber, PIDC, and Unite Here Philly to ensure that services and resources are remotely available to the workers, career seekers, and businesses impacted during these uncertain times.

Businesses can call (833) 750-5627 and get professional guidance from one of our business services representatives, email, or enter the open position online at

Career Seekers should visit https:/ / and scroll down to the section that reads “Career Seekers looking for work.”

Workforce COVID-19 Resources

SURVEY: COVID-19 Impact on Businesses

Please help the City of Philadelphia's Department of Commerce better understand how COVID-19 has impacted businesses within Philadelphia County by completing this survey. 


SURVEY: COVID-19 Impact on Workers

Please help the city of Philadelphia better understand and respond to the needs of the region’s workers who have been impacted by COVID-19 by distributing this survey to your employees.


PIDC COVID -19 Business Resources

Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation is dedicated to providing resources for businesses amid the coronavirus. 

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