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Rapid Response Support

Acting Quickly To Help You Recover

Workforce Board Lehigh Valley’s Rapid Response support helps Lehigh Valley employers and employees alike in the case of a mass layoff, plant closure, or natural disaster.

Rapid Response provides early intervention support through Workforce Board Lehigh Valley and PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley to transition workers into reemployment. Our primary objective is to provide the resources and services to get Lehigh Valley workers trained for new jobs so they can get back to work, quickly.

Are you an employer looking for support?

Rapid Response steps in to help the employer regardless of the reason for the layoff, with no charge to you.

Triggered by the notice of a planned closure or layoff through written notice to the Department of Labor and Industry, or through media or local contacts, the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley Rapid Response team is ready to step in and get to work!

Additional programs are designed to help businesses that may be at risk of closing to keep their doors open or help reduce the size of a layoff.

How we help your employees!

Rapid Response services for your staff will include access to services such as :

  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Health and Pension Benefits
  • Job Search Support
  • Education & Training Programs
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and NAFTA/TAA programs
  • Social Service Programs
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Crisis Counseling

If your business is at risk for layoff or closure, please visit the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s website for more information or contact our team with the information below: Rapid Response Assistance (

L&I invites business owners experiencing economic challenges to contact the Department for Rapid Response assistance by emailing or calling 866-858-2753. Workers can find additional support through the PA CareerLink® network