House Bill 1 Simplifies Job Search
By Rep. Mike Henne (R-Clayton)
March 20, 2013
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As a life-long Ohio resident, I am proud to say that this state has always taken a self-reliant and unique approach to job creation. Now, as we gradually work our way out of a tough few years economically, job growth is what we need to continue our success.

This legislature, of which I am representative for the 40th House District, has approved measures that increase our career resources and improve upon our current employment data in order to better inform Ohioans about job opportunities in their area. Ohio Means Jobs is a major component of this. It’s an original, Ohio-made approach to getting the unemployed back to work.

House Bill 1 was passed this week through the House to simplify and uniform the Ohio Means Jobs entity. It now moves to the Ohio Senate. The bill would rename all One-Stops around Ohio as Ohio Means Jobs (Name of County) County. Therefore, the One-Stops located in our area would be known as Ohio Means Jobs Montgomery County. This would streamline the names of locations so that they are easier to find. One-Stops are offices open to the public that provide employment help and job information.

House Bill 1 would also require these One-Stops to use the Ohio Means Jobs website as their primary placement system. Many One-Stops already do this, but the requirement will work to reduce costs and lessen duplicative services, and thus be a big benefit to the state and its citizens.

Ohio Means Jobs is a state-sponsored website that highlights various job opportunities and internships. It is also a great website for companies looking to hire. The site has grown steadily and received 54.6 million searches from over 2.7 million unique visitors in 2012. The website is also linked up with In addition, job-seekers can access Ohio Means Jobs through their iPhone, iPad and Android devices. I’m glad to see that searching for a job has modernized for easier access. You can check out this dynamic site at

I hope constituents looking for work in the 40th House District can take some time to research this website a little more. I believe Ohio can make progress everyday by taking small steps to simplify our job-search system and by providing help to those who need some career guidance.

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