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Welfare/WorkFirst FAQ

Does Employment Security have a role in putting welfare clients to work?
A. As part of the WorkFirst partnership, Employment Security has primary responsibility for helping welfare recipients build strong job-hunting tools and skills (such as applications, résumés and interviewing skills) and ensuring they are ready to conduct an effective job search. This includes connecting them with employers that are hiring, assisting them with the transition from welfare to work and, in some cases, referring them to training.

Do people on welfare receive the same WorkSource services as anyone else?
A. Yes. The services available through WorkSource are available to welfare recipients. In addition, through the WorkFirst program, they may receive additional intensive and personalized services to help them get and keep jobs, including support services that assist them with transportation costs, child care, and clothing to help during their job search.