The function of the Spokane unemployment office is to screen applicants and provide information about unemployment benefits to local residents. In addition, this office provides training to help unemployed individuals write resumes and prepare for interviews. The Spokane unemployment office also processes and verifies the job search records of unemployment benefit recipients.
The Spokane unemployment office offers two programs to help unemployed individuals find employment: the Pathway to Employment Program and the Next Generation program. The Pathway to Employment program focuses primarily on job search strategies and interview tips. In addition, there are weekly classes that teach people receiving unemployment benefits how to market themselves to employers to better compete in the job market.
The Next Generation program provides information on education and training available to people receiving unemployment benefits. This includes basic career training available through local community colleges and high school completion classes. The Next Generation program is only available to people aged 16 to 21 who are currently receiving unemployment benefits.
Participation in these programs is not mandatory to receive benefits. In addition to these programs, the Spokane unemployment office works with employers to provide a list of current job openings. The unemployment office also works with local employers to organize job fairs.