Employment Assistance

Get help to find a job. Washington County CareerForce is an extension of the Minnesota CareerForce. We are a resource to connect job seekers and employers in Washington County. We  offer services such as  training, one-on-one guidance, networking, career fairs, labor market information and more. Services are available on a walk-in basis or by appointment via phone, email and/or virtual meetings.

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Career Lab 

Career Labs serve as a business office for job seekers and a resource for employers. It features the tools and resources needed to the find a job or make a career change.

STILLWATER CAREER FAIR 12/6/2023 4:30-6pm at Stillwater Public Library

No walk-ins.

Service by appointment only. Call to make an appointment: 651-430-4162.

Other Employment Assistance Services

Unemployment Help

Find help from the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program.

Dislocated Worker Services

If you have lost your employment in the past 12 months due to no fault of your own, you may be eligible for Dislocated Workers Services. Services are custom tailored to meet an individual’s specific needs. Working one-on-one with a counselor, you’ll develop a plan for employment that may include:

  • Career planning and counseling.
  • Job search and placement services.
  • Counselor-approved training.
  • Other support services.

For information, call 651-275-8680. 

Income-based programs

  • Diversionary Work Program is a four-months program for low-income families.
    • It provides quick and intense employment services to identify and resolve employment barriers in order to help participants achieve employment. 
    • DWP Employment Counselors offer job search assistance and support in order to help families achieve self-sufficiency.  
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program is a comprehensive work-focused program for low-income families. 
    • The goals are to encourage and enable families to find employment, help families increase their income and move out of poverty and gain self-sufficiency to support the family.
    • MFIP Employment Counselors offer job search assistance and support in order to help families achieve self-sufficiency. 
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In some cases a household income is higher than the above programs but eligible for SNAP which helps you afford food while you are unemployed. This program also offers Employment and Training Services. 

To see if you may eligible for any of the income-based programs, please visit and contact Economic Support.

Common Employment and Training Program Forms

For additional program information, call 651-275-8702.

Services for Young Adults, Ages 14-24

Services for youth and young adults include:

  • Career planning
  • Job search assistance
  • Assistance with tuition costs and other post-high school training
  • Paid work experience

We also contract with Tree Trust to offer summer jobs in which young adults work on outdoor landscaping projects in county or city parks.

Questions, please contact wfcyouthprogram@co.washington.mn.us

Applications accepted for youth ages 16-24:

Career Pathways Program

This program is intended to support high school students and adults to access resources which improve employment opportunities and outcomes. The Washington County Career Pathway program provides individualized and direct support to participants and partners with employers and educators to remove barriers to employment. 

See the Career Pathways Program (PDF) application. For more information, please contact the Career Pathways Liaison at 651-275-7749.

55+ Workers

  • SCSEP services for Washington County residents will be provided by Somali Community Resettlement Services' Minneapolis office starting August 1, 2022. 
  • Washington County residents interested in SCSEP services after July 31, 2022 can contact SCRS directly for application: Phone 612-353-6380 or email Ifrah.

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