American Job Centers

American Job Centers

American Job Centers

How can an American Job Center help you?

American Job Centers (AJCs) provide free help to job seekers for a variety of career and employment-related needs. Nearly 2,400 AJCs, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, are located throughout the United States.

Where can I get free job search help?

You can get free employment assistance at any American Job Center. Due to COVID-19, many AJC offices are closed or are offering online or telephone assistance only. When you enter your location to find your closest AJC, you’ll find up-to-date messages about local office closures or virtual assistance. If you need to file for unemployment insurance, please visit Unemployment Benefits Finder.

What services do American Job Centers offer?

AJCs have experienced career counselors on staff that work with job seekers to identify their interests, assess their skills and abilities and advise them on in-demand jobs and potential training opportunities. Due to COVID-19, many of these services are currently being offered by phone or online; when you enter your location to find your closest AJC, you’ll find up-to-date messages about local office closures or virtual assistance . Many AJCs also offer recruiting events, workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search activities.

Comprehensive AJCs offer free access to a resource room which includes computers with internet, telephones, and fax machines. These rooms are open to the public on a self-service basis (please note that many are currently closed due to COVID-19). Staff are typically available to assist job seekers with building a resume, general career exploration, and job search. Services vary by location but can include:

  • Resource rooms with phones, free internet and resume writing tools
  • Employment plan development
  • Job training services
  • Job search assistance
  • Career counseling
  • Practice interviewing
  • Skills testing
  • Labor market and employer information
  • Employment workshops
  • Supportive services (which can include information about SNAP, financial assistance, Medicaid, training services, child care, emergency funds, and other benefits)
  • Hiring events and business service information
  • Accessibility and special accommodations for people with disabilities
  • Referrals to community resources and other agencies, and more
  • Access to CareerOneStop's Worker ReEmployment website for laid-off workers
  • Access to your state’s job bank or CareerOneStop’s national Job Finder
  • Unemployment insurance information

What are the two types of American Job Centers?

  • Comprehensive American Job Centers - Provide a full array of employment and training related services for workers, youth and businesses. These locations include the mandatory Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners on-site. Learn more about WIOA.
  • Affiliate American Job Centers - Provide limited employment and training related services for workers, youth, and businesses. These locations do not include all the mandatory Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners (i.e., Veterans, Vocational Rehabilitation) on-site.