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Area Counties See Unemployment Rates Remain Steady

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Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary February 2021 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.1% in Holmes County to a high of 8.5% in Clinton County.

From January, unemployment rates increased in 21 counties, decreased in 53 counties, and did not change in 14 counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 5.6% in February.

Five counties had unemployment rates at or below 4.0% in February. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Holmes were: Geauga and Medina, 3.6%; Mercer, 3.7%; and Union, 4.0%.

Five counties had unemployment rates at or above 8.0% in February. The counties with the highest rates, other than Clinton were: Morgan, 8.4%; Adams and Ottawa, 8.3%; and Noble, 8.0%.

Counties within our coverage area are as follows:

Vinton County 7.1%

Pike County 7%

Jackson County 6.9%

Highland & Scioto Counties 6.8%

Fayette & Hocking Counties 5.8%

Pickaway & Ross Counties 5.2%

Fairfield County 5.1%

Goodwill Opening New Store In Hocking Mall

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Goodwill of South Central Ohio is opening a new store in Logan, April 1st. The new location at Hocking Mall is similar to new stores recently opened in Chillicothe and Athens.

The former Fashion Bug location has 5,000 square feet of space and will be opened 9am-9pm Mondays through Saturdays and 10am-6pm on Sundays.

Donations will be accepted inside the store during business hours, starting April 1st. You are asked not to drop off items before then.

For more information, go to or go to the Goodwill of South Central Ohio Facebook page.

Ohio Jobless Rate Takes Slight Drop In February

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(COLUMBUS) – The jobless rate dipped slight last month, according to data released by Ohio Jobs & Family Services, Friday. The February county-by-county numbers will be released on March 30th.

Here is what the statewide figures currently show us:

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.0% in February 2021, down from 5.3% in January. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 8,400 over the month, from a revised 5,304,300 in January to 5,295,900 in February 2021.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 289,000, down from 306,000 in January. The number of unemployed has increased by 10,000 in the past 12 months from 279,000. The February unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.7% in February 2020.

The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 6.2%, down from 6.3% in January, and up from 3.5% in February 2020.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 8,400 over the month, from a revised 5,304,300 in January to 5,295,900 in February, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 889,400, decreased 600 over the month with losses in manufacturing (-300), mining and logging (-200), and construction (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,661,700 decreased 8,000 as losses in educational and health services (-12,700) and professional and business services (-1,400) outpaced gains in leisure and hospitality (+4,300), trade, transportation, and utilities (+900), financial activities (+400), other services (+400), and information (+100). Government employment, at 744,800, increased 200 as gains in state government (+400) exceeded losses in federal government (-200). Local government did not change over the month.

From February 2020 to February 2021, nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 314,000. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 47,200. Manufacturing lost 36,600 jobs in durable goods (-34,300) and nondurable goods (-2,300). Construction lost 8,900 jobs and mining and logging employment decreased 1,700. Employment in the private service-providing sector decreased 216,600 as losses in leisure and hospitality (-89,600), educational and health services (-59,100), professional and business services (-36,800), other services (-22,800), information (-5,500), and trade, transportation, and utilities (-3,100) outweighed gains in financial activities (+300). Government employment decreased 50,200 with losses in local (-30,700), state (-18,700), and federal (-800) government.

Chillicothe COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic Among 11 To Open Week Of March 29th

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted Thursday, March 25th provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Next week, Ohio will open 11 stationary mass vaccination sites and four mobile clinics that will travel throughout specific regions of the state. The stationary mass vaccination sites will be held at:

  • The Knights of Columbus, Lima, Ohio
  • The Lucas County Rec Center, Maumee, Ohio
  • Dayton-Montgomery County Convention Center, Dayton, Ohio
  • The Celeste Center, Columbus, Ohio
  • The Summit County Fairgrounds, Akron, Ohio
  • The site of the former Dillard’s at Southern Park Mall, Youngstown, Ohio
  • The Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • The Wilmington Airpark, Wilmington, Ohio
  • Adena Medical Education Center, Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Wayne Street Medical Campus, Marietta, Ohio
  • Colony Square Mall, Zanesville, Ohio

Additionally, an Ohio Northern University mobile clinic will start next week and travel between Wyandot, Marion, Union, Logan, Crawford and Hardin counties.

The Ohio University Mobile Clinic will travel between Lawrence, Meigs, Vinton, Washington, Morgan and Perry counties. 

(Southeast Ohio Mobile Clinic Schedule)

Additional details about the stationary and mobile clinics will be available at

Appointments can be scheduled by visiting or by calling 1-833-427-5634 (1-833-4-ASK-ODH). Appointments will be available for Ohioans ages 16 years and older. 


The Ohio Department of Aging has created the Vaccine Maintenance Program to ensure new residents and employees, and established residents and employees who previously decided not to receive a vaccine, can still choose to receive one. 

“We are eager to partner with facilities across the state to ensure our long-term care residents and their caregivers are protected from COVID-19,” said Governor DeWine.  

The list of facilities includes nursing homes and assisted living facilities who have not indicated their willingness to participate in the Vaccine Maintenance Program or how they would make vaccinations available to their residents and staff.  


Lt. Governor Husted and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) today announced the launch of a vastly improved, more user-friendly BMV website. The redesign allows Ohio customers to have a faster, easier and more streamlined experience when they are using this resource.  

“We’ve already heard from many Ohioans who have found the newly redesigned site to be cleaner, more efficient and much easier to use,” said Lt. Governor Husted, who also serves as Director of InnovateOhio. “The teams at InnovateOhio and the BMV built this site with the customer in mind so that when someone visits BMV.Ohio.Gov, they can quickly find what they’re looking for, get their question answered, and go on with their day.”

The newly redesigned website features a number of enhanced tools including a simplified authentication process for logging in, a dynamic search function to help customers explore by keyword, and a new “My BMV” profile allowing the user to see the status of their driver’s license, organ donation options, driving record, and more, all on one page as compared to the more than ten pages it was previously. Additionally, Ohioans will have an easier time utilizing the site on their mobile device.


Lt. Governor Husted also announced that this week, Government Technology Magazine named its annual Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers. This program annually recognizes the work of innovators around the country to improve state and local government through technology.  

Along with 21 individuals, the magazine recognized four teams. Among those teams was “Team Ohio,” including Lt. Governor Husted and Ervan Rodgers, the State Chief Information Officer and Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.

The magazine focused on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with Ohio’s ongoing focus on making use of technology assets to improve the well-being of Ohioans and their health, property, security, livelihood, and prosperity.


New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health shows declining rates of COVID-19 exposure and spread in ten counties. 

Dropping from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2: Brown, Columbiana, Coshocton, Fulton, Lawrence, and Logan. 

Dropping from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1: Holmes and Van Wert. 


Governor DeWine today announced a new agreement between the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Google to conduct data analytics on all outstanding claims. Google will review claims for markers and patterns of fraud. This will allow the department to prioritize and quickly process legitimate, outstanding claims. 

Additionally, Governor DeWine announced that David DeVillers, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, will join the Public-Private Partnership Team (P3) as the law enforcement subject matter expert.  He will serve as a liaison between the department and local, state and federal law enforcement. 


In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio:

Ohio’s central scheduling system:

All vaccine providers:

More vaccine information:

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Ohio Means Jobs Interviews Coming To Pike County

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Three area businesses seeking employees will be featured at Open Interview Events slated in April at the OhioMeansJobs Career Center at the Community Action Committee of Pike County, located at 941 Market Street, Piketon.

According to a press release, the first Open Interview Event will feature Chillicothe based Staff Source, which will be filling positions ranging from general labor, roofing, sales, and cleaning to healthcare, clerical, and industrial. Staff Source will be conducting interviews on April 16th from 10am-1pm.

The second event is with Bellisio’s Foods from Jackson. Bellisio’s is trying to fill several general production and technician positions for three shifts. Bellisio’s will be conducting interviews on April 21st from 1pm-4pm.

The final interview event features Sugar Creek Packaging from Washington Court House, who will also be interviewing to fill production and technician positions for three shifts. Sugar Creek Packaging will be conducting interviews April 23rd from noon-3pm. 

Open Interview events require candidates to schedule an appointment for each interview day by calling the OhioMeansJobs Career Center at (740) 289-2371.

Masks will be required for admission. Current Health Safety guidelines will be followed by applicants attending the events. 

State Of Ohio Promoting “Top Jobs List” To Get People Into The Workforce

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Lt. Governor Jon Husted is using his position in the DeWine Administration to leverage more attention on job careers in Ohio that could help put more people back into the workforce.

The state is extending its focus to prioritize both the economy and the health and well-being of Ohioans through Ohio’s Top Jobs List. Ohio’s Top Jobs List includes both In-Demand Jobs and Critical Jobs.

According to the Top Jobs In Ohio website article, “Ohio’s Top Jobs List is a customizable, online tool to help guide Ohioans on career pathways that meet their individual needs and goals and allow them to take advantage of employment opportunities available in our state.”

The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation in partnership with the InnovateOhio Platform’s Data Analytics team created a new, user-friendly dashboard that allows Ohioans to view and sort in-demand jobs by customizing to their region and/or industry.

These easy to use reports allow job seekers, educators, businesses, and community leaders to make more informed decisions to solidify their short-and long-term success.

Defining and Identifying Ohio’s in-demand jobs serves as a strong foundation for transforming Ohio’s workforce development system. By understanding Ohio businesses’ most urgent needs, we can address workforce gaps by:

  • Aligning Ohio’s education and training programs with the needs of business;
  • Guiding job seekers and students to careers that are likely to result in a job and provide a family sustaining wage; and
  • Creating industry-led collaboration with local and state workforce partners to identify the gaps in the system and work together to address any shortfalls.

In-demand jobs strengthen Ohio’s current and future strategic economic advantage and empower people with 21st century skills. These jobs have a sustainable wage and a promising future based on the projected number of openings and growth. The following criteria was used to define an “in-demand job” in Ohio:

  • 80% of state median wage, $14.10 per hour, or more;
  • Annual growth in the number of jobs higher than the statewide average of 36; or
  • Annual job openings greater than 584.

In addition to these state labor statistics and projections, electronic job posting trend data and business responses to Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Survey are components in defining in-demand jobs.

Critical jobs ensure that our state’s workforce supports the health and well-being of Ohioans, their families, and our communities. Governor DeWine made developing the workforce in critical job areas, such as early childhood education, mental/behavioral health, and recovery, a priority because of their impact on the lives of Ohioans at every stage of life.

Critical Jobs are identified through the help of experts and stakeholders in eight career clusters aligning with the administration’s goals. The eight priority career clusters include:

  • Children and Community Health
  • Early Childhood Education
  • First Responders
  • Lead Abatement
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Wellness Research and Technology

For more information from the State Of Ohio on the Top Jobs List, go to their website link provided below.