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State Representative Michael Henne (R-Clayton) applauded the bipartisan passage of two workforce development initiatives from the Ohio House of Representatives.


House Bill 1 streamlines Ohio’s workforce development efforts and makes it easier for Ohioans to utilize the resources that are available to them. It rebrands all of the state’s patchwork of workforce centers—with the local office rebranded as “Ohio Means Jobs Montgomery County”—to ensure consistency, reduce public confusion, and connect these centers directly to OhioMeansJobs.com.


This legislation requires all workforce investment boards to use OhioMeansJobs.com as the only job-matching tool to streamline job matching services, reduce duplication, and maximize this increasingly important benefit to Ohioans. The bill also would provide flexibility to the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board as it relates to specifying the number of voting members needed to conduct business.


Additionally, the Ohio House passed House Bill 2, which requires all applicants for unemployment insurance to register with OhioMeansJobs.com prior to applying for benefits.


House Bill 2 also requires applicants to make direct contact with their local One-Stop (future Ohio Means Jobs office) by the eighth week of unemployment benefits. These requirements aim to ensure that unemployment insurance applicants and recipients are maximizing their job search opportunities and will help connect the patchwork of different services that exist for individuals on unemployment insurance.


“Today the House reinforced our commitment to job creation in the state of Ohio. Ohio Means Jobs is a tool that connects employers with opportunities and individuals searching for employment,” said Henne.


In 2011, OhioMeansJobs.com saw more than 31.5 million total job searches from more than 2.2 million unique visitors. In 2012, this number increased to 54.6 million searches from more than 2.7 million unique visitors.


House Bills 1 and 2 will be sent to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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