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OhioMeansJobs Centers Now Open to Public
The OhioMeansJobs centers of Mahoning and Columbiana Counties are open to the public as of Tuesday June 1. Masks and social distrancing are required. Services available include: computer access for employment services, job search assistance, interviewing tips and information on job skills training. Many services are also available via phone during the hours of 8 a.m. until 4:30. p.m., Monday through Friday. In Mahoning County, call 330-965-1787 and in Columbiana County, call 330-420-9675 ext. 0. 

Trumbull County WDB Issues RFB
The Workforce Development Board of Trumubll County has issues a Request for Bid for Employer of Record for the Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant of 2021. The deadline for submitting bids is close of business on June 23. To view the RFB, click here

Paid Manufacturing Training Available
The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition plans to start a WorkAdvance cohort in Mahoning County for General Extrusion located in Boardman and a cohort in Columbiana County for Pennex located in Leetonia. Five weeks of paid training will begin in June. To view the flyer with more information about the Mahoning County program, click here. To view the flyer with more information about the Columbiana County program, click here

Work-Search Requirement Reinstated
Beginning the week of May 23, Ohio unemployment benefit recipients will be required to do at least two work-search activities each week that they claim benefits. Failure to conduct two work-search activities may result in a delay or denial of unemployment benefit claim. For details on the work-search requirement, click here. For more information on the requirement for self-employed individuals, click here

Enhanced Unemployment Benefit to End
The weekly federal unemployment bonus payment of $300 to those receiving unemployment benefits will end June 26. Those receiving Ohio jobless benefits will only get regular Ohio Unemployment Benefits after that date. Gov. DeWine in making the announcement said, "We're coming back, but we need to come back as strong as humanly possible."

Unemployment Scam ALERT!
Unemployment claimants are warned that a fake website is attempting to steal personal and banking information. A link to the fake site is being sent to claimants via text messages and emails. The fake site looks very much like the official Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations site so individuals need to pay close attention to the domain name. For details on this scam, click here to view the news release from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. 

OhioMeansJobs Trumbull to Open by Appointment
OhioMeansJobs Trumbull County will open to customers by appointment only starting Tuesday May 18. Appointments will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m.  There will be four appointments at each time slot. To make an appointment, call 330-675-2179 and leave a message. Calls will be returned to schedule appointments. 

Manufacturing Skills Training Available
For anyone interested in a career in manufacturing, the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition  offers a five-week training course that includes a $250 a week stipend. To learn more, click here to view the flyer or visit

Ohio Offers Microcredential Program
The Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP) helps low-income unemployed or partially employed Ohioans obtain training for an in-demand field at no cost. To learn more about this program, click here

Apply Online for VANTAGE Aging Jobs Program
Online application is now available for VANTAGE Aging's Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) that offers paid job training for eligible low-income individuals who are 55 years of age or older. To learn more about the program, click here. To access the online application, click here. Those who apply online will enter contact information and receive an encrypted email with application materials. The applicant then returns the application through an encrypted and secure method. 

RETAIN Program to Aid Employers and Workers
RETAIN is a program in Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull Counties that focuses on returning an employee to work after an injury or illness that occurred outside the workplace. It aims to help workers remain in the labor force and speed their recovery thereby reducing the employer's costs of of lost productivity and long-term absence, unemployment or disability. To learn more about this program visit or contact Cyndy Bresnahan at 

Employment Help for Those with Mental Health or Drug Barriers
Compass Family & Community Services is offering free employment services for Mahoning and Trumbull County residents who have mental health or substance use disorders. Walk-in orientation is held every Thursday at 10:30  a.m. at the Compass facility at 535 Marmion Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502. For more information call 330-480-4384 ext. 1206.

Mortgage Relief for the Unemployed
Created by a partnership of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Treasury Department and the Department of Labor, the Making Home Affordable program may be able to help unemployment claimants and unemployed workers  modify their mortgages and avoid foreclosure. For more information visit or call 888-995-HOPE (4673).

Accessing Apprenticeship Programs
A number of projects in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties will involve facilities construction and could mean job openings in the construction trades. Some of the construction projects will be done by union contractors. Those interested in apprenticeships should work through the actual contractor. Some apprenticeship openings are posted on Also, potential apprentices should check with local union halls. (A good way to find local union halls is to use Google.)

Ex-Offender Bonding Program
The inability to be bonded can be a huge hurdle to employment for an ex-offender. A federal program administered by the state, can help. To learn more about this program, CLICK HERE >