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Law Creates New Requirement For Job-Seekers

The state is changing the signs on its unemployment centers and putting in a new requirement for Ohioans who are out of work – that number is now at 413,000.

The new effort requires the state’s county unemployment centers to be branded under a single identity. Dave Reines is the executive director of Employment Connections, which will soon become Ohio Means Jobs Cuyahoga County.

“It seems to me that the, there’s some benefit to have some consistency across the state,” says Reines.

The law also requires people to job seekers to register with and at some point use OhioMeansJobs.com, the state’s official job-search site. John Trott heads the Area 7 Workforce Investment Board and has offices in 43 counties, and hopes that requirement isn’t just a formality.

“[and] that we have the ability to take them in, get them registered for work if they’re looking for work and provide them real assistance.”

The website also includes jobs in neighboring states. Democrats have criticized that, but the state’s Job and Family Services Department says those listings are helpful for people in border communities.