COVID-19 Resources

Unemployment Resources


Our team put together a starting place of helpful tips and links whether you find yourself without a job or you are a business owner/manager helping employees. Note: If you run a business, be sure to read the COVID-19 Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist here and also found in this Business Toolkit section under Stay Safe. Stay Local. Stay Informed to learn about Economic Disaster Injury Loans and the Payroll Protection Program.


Steps to Take if You Become Unemployed During COVID-19
Apply for Unemployment

If you find yourself furloughed, laid off, or have seen your hours significantly reduced, you should research filing a claim for unemployment benefits. All relevant resources to file a claim for unemployment benefits are online at the Alabama Department of Labor.

Eligibility Information


Plan Financially

Whether it is budget planning, retirement planning, mortgage planning, or any other financial planning, now is a crucial time to work with your primary bank, accountant, or financial planner to create a short-term or long-term plan. There are many of these entities that are members of the Mobile Area Chamber. For a list of this members, please use the following links:


Mobile Area Chamber Member Banks

Mobile Area Chamber Member Accountants & CPAs

Mobile Area Chamber Member Financial Planners & Consultants


Communicate with your Utility Providers

During this difficult time, our utility partners are here to help. If you should have questions about your monthly bills, you can contact your utility companies through the following links. Many of the webpages have updated information on COVID-19.



Alabama Power





CMC Natural Gas


South Alabama Utilities







Prichard Water Works


Saraland Water


Satsuma Water


Le Moyne Water System


St. Elmo Irvington Water


Kushla Water District


Grand Bay Water Works Board


Dauphin Island Water


Take Advantage of Community Programs

There are many organizations in our community offering assistance – from food banks to charity organizations. Below are various links to community programs offered for COVID-19 assistance:


City of Mobile Parks and Recreation  – Providing meals for youth


The Community Foundation of South Alabama


Mobile Area Disaster Relief Fund for those affected by COVID-19


Feeding the Gulf Coast – Providing meals for families


Lifelines Counseling Services – Family counseling and crisis services


Mobile County Public School System – Providing meals for youth


Make an Appointment with a Local Staffing Agency

There are still opportunities for employment. Many of our local staffing agency members are continuously looking for individuals with different skill sets. If you should find yourself needing additional employment opportunities, make sure to reach out to one of the following members to find the opportunity that is right for you.


Partners for Growth Investors

Long’s Human Resources


Board of Advisor Investors

Express Employment Professionals


MCG Workforce Solution


Morale Resource


Top Talent


Mobile Area Chamber Members

Alabama Career Center


Clark Personnel




Genesis Technical Staffing


ITAC Solutions


J Townsend Personnel & JTP Temp


Jerry Pittman and Associates


Labor Finders


Onin Staffing




Performance Workforce Solutions


Sirius Technical Services


Snelling Staffing Services


Southwest Alabama Partnerships for Training


Spherion Recruiting and Staffing




Other Resources









Update your Resume

There are many resources available to assist you in updating your resume. The Southwest Alabama Partnership for Training and Employment (SWAPTE) and the Alabama Career Center are partnering to offer individuals businesses many free resources. Find it here.




Alabama Career Center


Mobile Works


Train for a New Career at a Local Community College:

During this time, take advantage of the multitude of training opportunities in the Mobile area. Whether you want to learn a new trade, increase your skill set, or improve your capabilities, our partners at Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College and AIDT have you covered.


Bishop State Community College

Career Technical Education Programs

Health Science Professions

Other Programs of Study

How to Apply


Coastal Alabama Community College

Aerospace Industry

Other Programs of Study

How to Apply



Maritime Welding Classes

Other Classes


Companies Actively Hiring in Mobile, Alabama

Walmart Distribution Center in Irvington

Dollar General




Walmart Stores in Mobile


National Employers with Regional Locations:

United States Census: Recruiting for thousands of jobs across the country

Winn Dixie: Parent company Southeastern Grocers says it will “expeditiously hire” those affected by coronavirus layoffs.

Papa Johns: Aiming to hire up to 20,000 new team members across the country for delivery and takeout roles.

Domino’s: Adding 10,000 employees nationwide

Lowe’s: Hiring 30,000 full-time, part-time, overnight, and seasonal roles. Text JOBS to LOWES (56937)

Instacart: Adding 300,000 shoppers to its payroll

Sam’s Club

Home Depot


Walgreen’s: Hiring 9,500 new workers and giving bonuses in response to the pandemic

Outschool: Seeking 5,000 teachers to offer online classes in light of school closures.

Ingalls Shipbuilding  (Trade/Craft Jobs) – (Professional Jobs)

Gulf Distributing

USA Health

Quality/Safety Coordinator ($40K+ annually | based on experience)
Material Handler ($13.50 / per hour | based on experience)
Warehouse Clerk ($12.75 / per hour | based on experience)


Regional Employers:


Rouses’s: Hiring for nearly all roles, including stockers, cashiers, and cleaning crew.

Wholefoods: Wholefoods is hiring 5,000 team members across 500 stores in the US and Canada with Minimum starting pay $15 per hour



Other Employment/Unemployment Resources



March 31, 2020 – ADOL Encourages Employees to File for Benefits Under the Cares Act


Alabama Department of Commerce


Alabama Department of Labor


FAQs – Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits Alabama Department of Labor

COVID-19 and unemployment benefits – Alabama department of Labor- Q&A


Employer Bulk Filing Information


March 18, 2020 – Alabama Department of Labor – Family First Document Addresses Key Provisions for Employers to Help Workers Impacted by COVID-19


Alabama Workforce Development Council –


What Happens if You Lose Your Job Due to Coronavirus? –


Alabama to Waive Employer Charges for COVIS-19 Related Claims –


Employer Paid Leave Requirements and Tax Credit Provisions –


Useful Webinars:

Workforce Recovery – COVID-19 Workforce Recovery Webinar

Contact Information

The Mobile Area Chamber has resumed regular office hours, Monday through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guidelines are still in place to follow the Alabama State Health Officer’s guidelines of social distancing and limited occupancy of our meeting rooms to no more than 50 percent. Find the directory to reach us here.


David Rodgers – Vice President of Economic Development



Cheryl Nichols – Director of Workforce and Education