News and Analysis
Ohio reported 272,117 initial claims for unemployment compensation last week, according to information from the Department of Job and Family Services. The number of claims filed was an all-time high for Ohio for the second consecutive week.
The state has received 468,414 claims over the two-week period. Over that short span, the state has issued more than $45 million in unemployment payments to more than 108,000 workers.
Nationwide, total non-farm payroll employment fell by 701,000 in March, and the unemployment rate rose to 4.4%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported April 3. For the month, U.S. manufacturing employment edged down by 18,000 jobs. 4/3/2020
Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted this week unveiled a new website operated by the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to match essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during the COVID-19 crisis. The site is designed for both businesses and job seekers. 4/2/2020
Ohio manufacturers have until March 31 to apply for the current round of TechCred — an OMA-supported, state program that reimburses employers (up to $2,000 per employee) to upskill employees, even if they are unable to perform their typical day-to-day duties at the present time due to the COVID-19 crisis. Many of these trainings can be completed online. Employers can receive up to $30,000 per funding round. Here’s more information. 3/24/2020
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it had issued a final rule to encourage companies, trade associations, colleges, unions and other entities to establish industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs).
IRAPs are high-quality apprenticeship programs, recognized as such by a third-party entity under standards established by the DOL’s new rule. Through these programs, the goal is that individuals will be able to obtain workplace-relevant training and progressively advance skills that result in an industry-recognized credential while being paid to work. 3/23/2020
As of early Friday, March 20, there were nearly 140,000 new unemployment claims in Ohio for this week alone. That’s compared to roughly 4,800 last week.
Earlier this week, the DeWine-Husted administration announced that anyone who is laid off as a direct result of COVID-19 is immediately eligible for benefits. The surge in jobless claims has raised concerns about the stability of Ohio’s unemployment compensation fund, which was already considered among the nation’s least solvent before the coronavirus crisis.
Employers with questions related to Ohio’s unemployment system should contact the Ohio Department Job and Family Services. 3/19/2020
Even in the new reality ushered by COVID-19, Ohio manufacturers are encouraged to consider applying for TechCred — an OMA-supported, state-run program that reimburses employers (up to $2,000 per employee) to upskill employees, even while they may be unable to perform their typical day-to-day duties. Many of these trainings can be completed online.
The current application period is open through March 31. Employers can receive up to $30,000 per funding round. Here’s more information. 3/17/2020
In case you missed it, there were multiple news reports this week on the OMA’s endorsement of the Dayton Region Manufacturing Workforce Partnership, as well as the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition.
These are just two of Ohio’s local industry sector partnerships that are transforming how Ohio manufacturers attract and develop workers. The OMA’s revised partnership directory shows which partnerships have earned the OMA’s endorsement following a comprehensive review and vote by the OMA’s Workforce Leadership Committee, which considered eight endorsement criteria. 3/11/2020
Besides increasing migration into the state, the primary way to grow Ohio’s labor force is to expand labor force participation — currently around 62%. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has released a report exploring factors related to labor force participation. Findings include:
- The largest pool of Ohio’s non-participants is comprised of those with a high school diploma or equivalent.
- A significant number of non-participants report having a disability.
- Nationally, prescription opioids accounted for 44% of the decline in male labor force participation from 2001 to 2015, according to one study.
See the full report. 3/9/2020
Ohio manufacturers who are interested in participating in the innovative TechCred program currently have until March 31 to be reimbursed for upskilling their employees. Under TechCred, employers receive up to $2,000 for each current or new employee who earns a qualified credential (up to $30,000 per employer, per funding round). Here’s more information. 3/10/2020
This week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule updating the process by which apprenticeship programs are evaluated in the U.S. According to an article in HR Dive, the rule largely maintains the proposals outlined in DOL’s 2019 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, establishing a system to supplement the department’s existing system of apprenticeship recognition. It takes effect May 11. 3/12/2020