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Workforce Development Bill Signed into Law

January 17, 2020

On Monday, Jan. 13, at a ceremony at GROB Systems, Inc. in Bluffton, Gov. DeWine signed into law House Bill 2 — the bipartisan workforce development bill that creates the Industry Sector Partnership grant program and the TechCred program. Both are designed to help manufacturers fill jobs and upskill employees. The OMA was a strong supporter of HB 2.

Under Ohio’s TechCred program — which is currently accepting employer applications through Jan. 31 — businesses can apply for up to $2,000 in reimbursement for each employee who earns a credential. During the first round of applications last fall, 234 employers were approved, resulting in 1,576 new credentials, including many in manufacturing.

The Industry Sector Partnership grant program will be rolled out later this winter. It will allow partnerships to apply for state funds that can be used for priorities such as scaling partnership programs and funding partnership services. Across Ohio, multiple manufacturing partnerships are helping build the local talent pool by collaborating with leaders in education, economic and workforce development, and community organizations. 1/13/2020

Ohio Sees 7.3% Year-Over-Year Drop in Unemployment

January 17, 2020

From November 2018 to November 2019, Ohio’s total employment increased by 96,900 (1.8%), according to the latest monthly report from the Ohio Office of Budget and Management. Over the same period, the number of unemployed Ohioans fell by 19,500 (-7.3%).

The number of individuals employed by Ohio manufacturers decreased by 2,200 (0.3%) on a year-over-year basis. Currently, Ohio has approximately 700,000 manufacturing jobs. 1/13/2020

Employers: Apply for TechCred Reimbursement by Jan. 31

January 10, 2020

Want to be reimbursed for upskillling your manufacturing employees? The current application period for Ohio’s TechCred program ends Jan. 31.

This week, the OMA hosted a webinar in which John Sherwood, workforce project manager for the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, detailed TechCred’s benefits and operations, and how to apply online. Apply or learn more at the TechCred website. 1/9/2020

OMA’s TechCred Webinar is Wednesday, Jan. 8

January 3, 2020

As we’ve previously reported, manufacturers will soon have another chance to apply for funds to upskill their employees under Ohio’s new TechCred program. The next application period opened Thursday, Jan. 2. To assist members who are interested in applying for TechCred funds, the OMA will host a Jan. 8 webinar in which experts will detail the program’s benefits, operations, and how to apply online. There’s no charge for OMA members. 1/2/2020

Ohio Manufacturers Added Jobs in November

January 3, 2020

According to data released in late December, Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.2% in November, unchanged from October, as the state added 6,700 jobs over the month. Ohio’s manufacturers added 100 jobs. 1/1/2020

At A Glance: Ohio’s Unemployment by County

January 3, 2020

In November, Ohio’s unemployment once again varied significantly throughout the state’s 88 counties. According to the monthly map from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, 17 counties saw jobless rates of 3.3% or less, compared to the statewide average of 4.2%. 1/2/2020