Mother Lode Works Vol. 12

"Your source for employment news in the Mother Lode"

This week in Mother Lode Works... - Funding Available to Assist with Rent and Utility Payments

- Workforce Assistance Placement Program

- "K" Shaped Recovery

- UI Claim Updates

Up to Date COVID-19 Information - The official website for California COVID-19 Response daily updates and resources. - EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California.

Funding Available to Assist with Rent and Utility Payments for Individuals That Have Been Impacted By COVID-19

Mother Lode Job Training's COVID-19 Support Service grant has been extended through December 2020. Funding from the grant will help deliver support services to individuals whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19 by providing up to $800 per individual for financial assistance with rent, utilities (telephone, internet, electric, gas, water, sewer and garbage), childcare, transportation and equipment necessary to telework, such as computers and software.

Individuals who are interested in receiving assistance or have questions about eligibility should contact our main office at (209) 533-3396 or visit to find their nearest job center. Mother Lode Job Training currently has three available grants to assist workers that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To view these grants and eligibility, visit

Workforce Assistance Placement Program

Mother Lode Job Training (MLJT) would like to highlight a deep partnership with Amador County Probation and Amador County Public Works through the Workforce Assistance Placement Program.

This contract has been designed to assist those that are currently under the supervision of Amador County Probation and needing guidance to become employable while developing transferable skills, such as communication and teamwork. The partnership has provided a strong stepping-stone for our participants to gain experience and knowledge to assist them in getting back into the workforce while building their confidence.

Participants are able to earn a decent wage while gaining job skills and a better understanding of the proper work ethic necessary to gain and maintain sustainable employment. Mother Lode Job Training and Amador County Probation work closely with each other on providing each participant with their own unique pathway to becoming successful. Not only does this program provide work skills, but it provides insight into positions with Public Works, creating a possible interest in a similar career.

Public Works provides a safe and structured environment to participants while teaching them to be responsible for themselves, everyone on the crew and the general public who access the local roadways. Being part of the Public Works road crew teaches teamwork and the importance of time management, while allowing the participant to execute proper road maintenance. Mother Lode Job Training is excited for future endeavors with Amador County Probation and is working on creating other opportunities to be able to assist individuals in becoming employed.

"K" Shaped Recovery

Since the COVID-19 Pandemic hit beginning in February 2020, economists have been collecting and analyzing data. What all of us experienced is now being described by a growing number of economists as a "K" shaped recovery, according to Paul Wessen, a Senior Economist with EDD. The US Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Harvard University and the National Bureau of Economic Research have also conducted research and analysis supporting the concept.

What does this mean for the Mother Lode Region? One of our largest industries is tourism and leisure, which means the jobs we’ve lost due to COVID-19 in hospitality, entertainment, restaurants, recreation and tourism are not coming back quickly. It means that we must look at the industries that are coming back quickly and growing. Technology, software services and retail have rebounded well. Retail, however, looks different. Online retail has exploded while brick-and-mortar retail has continued to struggle. Delivery services are well up in demand and so are construction and skilled labor.

Another aspect of the K-shaped recovery is in the wages. Jobs that pay more have seen a stronger recovery than jobs that pay less, according to this chart from the California EDD.