Without a doubt, jobs in the state are the main focus of the legislature in Columbus and of the citizens around Ohio.

For this reason, I would like to shed light on House Bill 1, the first bill introduced into the 130th General Assembly.  Its premise is simple, however, the positive effects it could have on Ohio’s economy are abundant.

House Bill 1 would rename One-Stop offices located around the state as “OhioMeansJobs (name of county) County.” The One-Stop in our area would therefore be called Ohio Means Jobs Greene County, which is located on Ledbetter Road in Xenia. One-Stops are employment sites that provide employment assistance through various services. They can be contacted either by website, www.co.greene.oh.us, or by phone at (937) 562-6565.

OhioMeansJobs, is a career website operated by the state, which received 54.6 million searches from over 2.7 million unique visitors in 2012.  It provides job-seekers with highlighted career opportunities and information.  It’s a great resource for simplifying the job search, and we want to encourage its growth for Ohioans. 

Another added perk to the site is that it’s available as an app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices.  OhioMeansJobs is also linked with Monster.com and includes postings of internships and information for students.  To check out the site, go to www.ohiomeansjobs.com.

It is my belief that as a state, we must continue to push forward in regards to career development. Ohio has made a lot of progress over the past couple years by creating jobs, eliminating our debt and making economical improvements that allow for us to free ourselves from this difficult recession.  Jobs are a critical part of this and this website is a positive resource that is unique to Ohio. 

Ohio’s local One Stops are well-known for their excellent services, and GreeneWorks is one of the very best around. From entry-level positions on up, the services provided to job seekers benefit a wide variety of local employers, including small businesses, large industries, and regional businesses related to WPAFB. The re-branded OhioMeansJobs Greene County will continue this great service and help align public perception with all One Stops across Ohio.

As representative of the 73rd House District, I encourage all job-seekers or businesses in the process of hiring, to check out OhioMeansJobs.com and/or their local One-Stop.  With the upcoming effects of the recent sequestration by our U.S congress taking place, these resources could be helpful tools for those who are job searching. They are available for the sole purpose of helping individuals who just need a little guidance with the employment process, which can be stressful and over-whelming.  I’m proud to see that House Bill 1 is something that can directly help constituents in my district find jobs that they want and that capitalize on their skills.

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