Employment and Training Division

Find services for job seekers, including youth, and for local employers who want to hire qualified workers. Opportunities for youth and young adults include the training and job program, Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps.

Eligible residents who are caring for a child can receive financial assistance, social services benefits and enhanced employment services through SonomaWORKS (CalWORKS).

Lobby Re-Opens to Public July 6 with Limited Hours, Services

On Monday, July 6, the lobby of the Employment and Training Division, 2227 Capricorn Way, Suite 100, Santa Rosa, will re-open 8 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday.

  • Entry will be restricted to three visitors at a time for SonomaWORKs and Job Link recipients.
  • Services are limited to using a county telephone to contact staff and EBT replacement for CalWORKs.
  • Job Link’s computer lab remains closed.
  • Employment Development Department (EDD) services are unavailable through July.

Employees: If you are unsure of whether to work, please contact your employer directly.

Unemployment Insurance

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.

You can file a claim for Unemployment Insurance online, by phone or by mail.  Click on this link for instructions on how to apply:

Click on this link to file an Unemployment Insurance claim:

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

For more local information about Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19, visit these links.

Job Link Business Services Hotline: 707-565-8079 or joblinkbusinessgroup@schsd.org. Be aware that due to call volume you may need to leave a message. 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/.

Online Services


  • Apply for Benefits
  • Report Changes
  • Submit Reports & Documents

Call SonomaWORKs, (707) 565-5500, to speak with a specialist about existing benefits or to submit a new application.

  • When: November 11, 2020

    Most Sonoma County Offices closed

  • When: November 23, 2020 from 6:00 7:00 PM

    All Explore Foster Parenting meetings in 2020 will be held on Zoom. Meet staff from local agencies for a brief introduction to foster parenting. Talk with us and get your questions answered. To reserve, call (707) 565-4274.

  • When: November 26, 2020

    Most Sonoma County Offices closed

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Contact Information

Employment and Training
Human Services Department
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2227 Capricorn Way
Suite  100
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
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