Our goal in state government is continuing to look for ways to improve Ohio's jobs market, while at the same time protecting hard-earned taxpayer dollars. House Bill 2, which passed the Ohio House a few weeks ago, in my opinion, struck a great balance between these two missions.
The bill is a straightforward approach to helping unemployed people in Ohio get back to work. Simply, anyone who seeks to receive unemployment benefits is required to register with Ohio Means Jobs.
In case you are unfamiliar with Ohio Means Jobs, it is a job-search web site specifically targeted to the people of Ohio. It can be accessed at OhioMeansJobs.com. Businesses and jobseekers can use the site to either post jobs or search for jobs that are available based on an individual's education, location and career goals.
The number of people who have used the web site increased by a half-million from 2011 to 2012, which of course is a double-edged sword. It is good to see that people are becoming more familiar with this valuable resource. At the same time, it is my goal to make sure people are not constantly looking for jobs, but working at them.
Besides the web site, there is also an Ohio Means Jobs office -- commonly known as "One-Stops" -- in all 88 counties. At these job-search centers, people are trained to help Ohioans looking for work by directing them towards job openings and offering guidance and advice.
After being registered, the jobseeker will receive weekly e-mails of job postings targeted towards their specifications. Within an eight-week period of receiving unemployment benefits, the jobseeker must either meet in person, over the phone, or through e-mail with an Ohio Means Jobs worker, who will give further guidance on that person's situation.
House Bill 2 is good legislation because it encourages the use of technology that is available to help people find jobs and support their families. I encourage all jobseekers in the 98th House District to check out OhioMeansJobs.com, or stop by the local Ohio Means Jobs office in either Tuscarawas or Holmes counties.
Rep. Landis may be reached by calling 614-466-8035, e-mailingRep98@ohiohouse.gov or writing to State Representative Al Landis, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215.