UNION COUNTY, NJ -- As of Monday, June 1, job seekers in Union County can use the new Union County Works website to find job openings, job training and education opportunities, help create resumes, and more. It is the first county-based "virtual one-stop" employment service in New Jersey.

Union County Works is a project of Union County's American Job Center. The launch of the online platform makes the American Job Center the first local workforce area in the state of New Jersey to offer a virtual one stop to its residents. It is designed to help all job seekers, including veterans and youth, connect with resources remotely while offices are closed to the public during the COVID-19 outbreak.

"The state's current system, America's One Stop Operating System (AOSOS) is antiquated and has its challenges. This new one-stop resource give our residents the help they need to re-enter the workplace in a safe, yet effective way," said Freeholder Chair Al Mirabella.

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Early last year, Department of Human Service Director, Debbie-Ann Anderson, recognized the importance of getting new technology to help job seekers and employers with real time data. The Union County Workforce Development Board also recognized the need for new technology and committed to funding a new platform.

"The Union County American Job Center was responsible for procuring a new system through a competitive process in July 2019, which resulted in a company called Geographic Solutions being selected for their Virtual One Stop platform, which is now called Union County Works," Mirabella explained. 

Union County Works is also a resource for employers looking for qualified applicants, labor market information, and other business services, the Freeholder Chair noted.

"No employers have gone on to post positions on the website as of yet (since the system launched only yesterday), but the system has the ability to pull jobs from all over the internet into it as a convenient one stop shop for job seekers to find employment opportunities with real time labor market information," Mirabella said. "A major priority for the American Job Center over the coming months is to build its employer outreach efforts in order to feature preferred jobs to help employers find the talent that they need."

"I have worked closely with our American Job Center and Workforce Development Board to allocate funding and resources for this Virtual One-Stop that will be beneficial to helping residents to better access employment services," said Freeholder Sergio Granados, who is the liaison to Workforce Development Board. "One of our top priorities continues to be the training and employment of our residents, and we will continue to work on ways in putting the needs of our residents first."

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for the Test Center, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update<https://ucnj.org/coronavirus-update. For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health.