COVID-19 Newsroom

FEMA approves Wyoming for six weeks of Lost Wages Assistance Program (LWA) payments

9/30/2020 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has informed the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) that all six weeks of the Lost Wages Assistance program (LWA) payments have been approved.

Wyoming unemployment falls to 6.6% in August 2020

9/22/2020 -- The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 7.1% in July to 6.6% in August. Wyoming's jobless rate has decreased in each of the past four months, and is currently lower than the U.S. rate of 8.4%.

Fall virtual job fair to be held on Sept. 30 via Zoom

9/18/2020 -- The Cheyenne Workforce Center is partnering with Laramie County Community College to bring you the 2020 Fall Job Fair. It will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM via Zoom.

Extended benefits to end Sept. 19

9/16/2020 -- On September 11, The United States Department of Labor informed the Department of Workforce Services that the Wyoming Insured Unemployment Rate for the week ending August 15, 2020, fell below the threshold needed to continue the Extended Benefits (EB) program. As a result, the EB payable period will end on September 19, 2020, which is the conclusion of the mandatory 13 weeks. EB cannot be paid to any claimant for weeks of unemployment after September 19, 2020, regardless of any remaining balance of EB entitlement.

Wyoming begins issuing Lost Wages Assistance payments

9/11/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has begun issuing payments for the $300 per week supplemental Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) to qualifying Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants.

Wyoming applies for Lost Wages Assistance Grant funding

8/23/2020 -- The State of Wyoming will submit its application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to receive grant funding through the Lost Wages Supplemental Payment Assistance Program (LWA). The program provides additional benefits to Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants who meet the LWA eligibility requirements.

Job searches required for Unemployment Insurance

8/11/2020 -- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the work search requirement for many Unemployment Insurance claimants was suspended temporarily. But now that businesses are opening again, the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) reminds Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants that a minimum of two work searches must be completed each week in order to continue receiving UI benefits.

DWS announces new Internship Grant program

7/29/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is offering grants to businesses through the Workforce Development Training Fund (WDTF) to support internship opportunities for up to $12,480 per intern.

State assistance remains available when $600 payments end

7/17/2020 -- The Department of Workforce Services reminds Wyoming workers that state assistance is available when the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which provides an extra $600 per week to everyone receiving unemployment benefit payments, ends July 25, 2020.

DWS focuses on resolving claims with "Issues on File"

7/14/2020 -- In light of the unprecedented numbers of unemployment claims being filed, the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) announced today that its unemployment insurance claims office will not be available by phone each Wednesday for the next three weeks, beginning July 15, in order to allow claims personnel to resolve a number of outstanding claims where one or more "issues on file" are present.

Unemployment Insurance offers expanded call center hours

7/14/2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented incidences of job losses by Wyoming workers. These losses have resulted in record numbers of claims to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) division of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS).

DWS warns about fraudulent use of personal information

7/14/2020 -- CHEYENNE - Unprecedented numbers of unemployment claims are being filed, and multiple federal programs are providing additional compensation for those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. These factors have combined to provide an enticing environment for fraudsters.

Resource MFG hosts drive-through job fair at Workforce Services building

7/6/2020 -- Creative solutions have been necessary throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and Resource MFG has come up with another one.

Wyoming employers to receive Workers' Compensation premium credits

7/2/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) will be issuing premium credits to eligible Wyoming employers enrolled in the Workers' Compensation program starting this month.

Dislocated Worker Grants provide help for those out of work due to COVID-19

6/23/2020 -- There is help available for workers who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has several programs to help unemployed workers find work or get training in order to find new or better jobs.

Unemployment claimants called back must accept work to remain eligible for benefits

6/16/2020 -- Unemployment claimants called back must accept work, the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) reminds unemployment claimants. Federal law requires that those who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to the COVID-19 pandemic must return to work if called back.

13-week extension of unemployment benefits now available

6/12/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) announced today that after extensive testing, the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program is now open to applicants.

13-week extension of unemployment benefits now available

6/3/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) warns unemployment insurance claimants about potential scams aiming to steal personal information. Be aware of potential fraud and only use the official website to file an online claim.

Wyoming employers to receive Workers' Compensation premium credit

5/21/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) will be issuing premium credits to eligible Wyoming employers enrolled in the Workers' Compensation program starting this July.

DWS enlists call center to assist with unemployment claims

5/18/2020 -- The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is contracting with 30 additional call center agents in order to reduce the hold times and process the unprecedented number of Unemployment Insurance claims the agency has been receiving.

DWS now paying unemployment for self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers and others

5/01/2020 -- The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is now accepting UI applications from those individuals who do not qualify for regular Unemployment Insurance benefits, but do qualify for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. This program, which is part of the CARES Act, provides up to 39 weeks of Unemployment Insurance benefits for those who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, those who have exhausted their regular and extended benefits and others.

Wyoming Workforce Services hosts town hall on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

4/27/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) will hold a virtual town hall to provide information about Pandemic Unemployment Insurance programs, as well as answer questions from job seekers and employers.

Wyoming residents have received more than $42 million in Unemployment Insurance aid during pandemic

4/24/2020 -- Since the coronavirus pandemic began in Wyoming, workers in the state have received more than $42 million in Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits from a combination of federal emergency aid and the state UI fund.

Wyoming Workforce Services launches town hall series

4/17/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) will host a series of virtual town halls to provide additional information about Department programs and unemployment insurance benefits, as well as answer questions from job seekers and employers.

Unemployment claimants called back must accept work to remain eligible for benefits

4/16/2020 -- Unemployment claimants called back must accept work, the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) reminds unemployment claimants. To remain eligible for unemployment benefits, federal law requires that those who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to the COVID-19 pandemic must return to work if called back.

CARES benefits expected to be available week of April 27

4/14/2020 -- The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) fully intends to begin accepting Unemployment Insurance applications from those individuals who qualify for some of the benefits included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by the end of the week of April 27, if not sooner.

Protecting grocery & other essential workers from COVID-19

4/14/2020 -- During his April 8 press conference, Gov. Gordon discussed steps grocery stores should implement to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services supports these strategies for the protection of the public and our workforce.

Federal aid to more Wyoming residents coming soon

4/6/2020 -- The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is readying to update its Unemployment Insurance (UI) system to distribute unemployment funds from the Coronavirus stimulus package to boost jobless benefits.

Wyoming sees spike in unemployment due to COVID-19

4/3/2020 -- The COVID-19 outbreak has had a dramatic effect on every sector of the workforce, and the Department of Workforce Services stands ready to help those impacted.

Wyoming Unemployment Insurance announces change in filing process

4/2/2020 -- The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) unemployment insurance division announced today a change in its unemployment insurance claims filing process in order to better serve citizens seeking benefits.

Demand high for Layoff Aversion Grants offered to Wyoming businesses

3/30/2020 -- Wyoming businesses exceeded the grant application limit for the Layoff Aversion Grants offered by the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and the Wyoming Workforce Development Council (WWDC) last week.

Department of Workforce Services offices open and serving the public

3/19/2020 -- Department of Workforce Services (DWS) offices throughout the State of Wyoming are open and actively serving individuals. People who have been laid off and looking for work can find assistance at one of the department's 20 locations.