Linking Ohioans To Available Job Openings
By Rep. Anthony DeVitis (R-Green)

Getting laid off can happen to anyone and, sadly, during the most recent economic downturn, many Ohioans either lost their jobs or were forced to accept cuts in pay. A bill recently introduced in the Ohio House focuses on helping get people looking for work employed once again.

The intentions behind House Bill 2 are to put in place a process that people, regardless of where they live in Ohio, can follow in order to find employment and provide for their families.

This process utilizes the state’s valuable job-search website Ohio Means Jobs, which posts job openings. It is a highly used resource that benefits both employers and jobseekers. In 2012, about 54.6 million searches were conducted on the site by more than 2.7 million unique visitors.

HB 2 would require Ohio residents seeking unemployment insurance to register with Ohio Means Jobs before they can qualify for the benefits. Once an applicant registers with the site, he or she will immediately start receiving e-mails with weekly job postings. People can narrow their job searches based on their location and interests. Often, the site even provides the materials necessary for a person to apply for a job and be directly linked to employers.

By the eighth week of receiving unemployment benefits, claimants will have to meet directly with their local one-stop job service center, which soon will be changed to incorporate the name Ohio Means Jobs. For example, the one-stop in Summit County will be called “Ohio Means Jobs Summit County.”

The meeting with the Ohio Means Jobs office will be used to assess skill sets, which will help jobseekers to line up their abilities and interests with an appropriate employer.

The purpose of unemployment benefits is to provide temporary assistance to people who have fallen on hard times. It is not enough for the government to simply throw money at an issue and consider the job to be done, especially because what we do is paid for by taxpayers. By making it easier for people to find potential employment, we can help them restore their opportunities and utilize their talents.

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