News and Analysis
For the week ending May 23, Ohio reported 42,082 initial unemployment claims. The number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 10 weeks (1,257,838) is more than the combined total of those filed during the last three years. The state has now distributed more than $3.1 billion to more than 644,000 unemployment claimants.
Nationwide, the number of workers seeking jobless benefits fell for an eighth straight week last week, but a record 40.7 million people have filed claims since March 21. 5/28/2020
A new comparison by personal finance website WalletHub.com finds Ohio is among the states hit hardest by coronavirus-related unemployment. The Buckeye State had the nation’s fifth highest unemployment rate last month and experienced a 389% increase in unemployment from April 2019 to April 2020 — the 13th largest jump nationwide. But that figure is dwarfed compared to Hawaii’s 765% or Nevada’s 608% unemployment expansions over the same time period. 5/26/2020
The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation is determining an appropriate path forward for the Ohio TechCred program as a result of COVID-19, including a recommendation that only online trainings be eligible for reimbursement.
TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a technology-infused economy. These technology-focused credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need. Businesses that submit successful applications will be reimbursed, up to $2,000 per credential, when current or prospective employees complete technology-focused credentials.
The application period for Round 3 of the program ended March 31, and businesses will be notified soon if their applications were accepted. An announcement about the opening of Round 4 is coming. For more information, visit this website. 5/15/2020
During this webinar, you will hear from the team at the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) Workforce Program, which provides outreach services to help employers more readily recruit and retain veterans as employees.
The presentation includes information on using the GI Bill to support your veteran-employees’ training and earn-and-learn opportunities, as well as how manufacturing employers can partner with ODVS to hire and train veterans.
Click here to access the content; this webinar was recorded this week. 5/20/2020
Stackable credential programs—that is, programs that facilitate students’ ability to earn multiple post-secondary certificates or degrees—have been a priority for Ohio, which has a long history of legislation, state and regional initiatives, and institution-led efforts to build more-effective pathways to address the needs of employers and students.
To assess progress and inform ongoing efforts to scale stackable credentials, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the RAND Corporation established a research partnership.
Among their findings: Between the 2004–2005 and 2012–2013 academic years, the number of certificate-earners doubled in health care and manufacturing and engineering technology fields. Read more. 5/21/2020
On Wednesday, May 20, from 10-11 a.m. (ET), the OMA will host a webinar entitled “The Value of Veterans in Your Talent Pipeline.” This one-hour event will feature our partners from the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. For details, click here. 5/14/2020
This week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the launch of its Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) Standards Recognition Entities (SREs) online application, just as the IRAP rule went into effect. IRAPs are defined as “high-quality apprenticeship programs recognized by third-party entities,” under standards established by DOL’s final rule. 5/13/2020
The downward trend in new unemployment claims continued last week, with 51,125 Ohioans filing initial requests for benefits, according to the Department of Job and Family Services. The number of initial claims filed over the last eight weeks sits at 1.17 million, as more than $2.4 billion in payments has been sent to approximately 587,000 residents over the period. 5/14/2020
The National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute have announced changes to the Creators Wanted workforce campaign and its 2020 schedule. Due to the pandemic, the Making America Festival, which was set to be held in Cincinnati in September, has been cancelled. Also, the Creators Wanted tour will not begin until October 2020 or later, as planners are expanding the campaign’s digital efforts. Further announcements regarding the tour are expected on or before July 1, 2020. 5/5/2020
McKinsey & Company estimates that more than two million Ohio jobs are vulnerable (a term encompassing permanent layoffs, temporary furloughs, and reductions in hours and pay) during the COVID-19 crisis. Roughly 311,000 of those jobs are in manufacturing, according to the firm’s analysis. 4/5/2020