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Jobless could lose benefits in new bill

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Some people in Ohio have been out of work for a long time.

But a new bill working its way through the legislature could help the unemployed find a job faster by linking them to a state jobline.

No worker wants to be unemployed but it can take a long time to get that next job.

St. Rep. Tim Brown (R-Bowling Green) has sponsored a bill that requires registration with Ohio Means Jobs before collecting unemployment insurance.
St. Rep. Tim Brown (R-Bowling Green) has sponsored a bill that requires registration with Ohio Means Jobs before collecting unemployment insurance.

Lawmakers in Columbus are backing a bill requiring that people register with the state's jobline known as Ohio Means Jobs in order to collect an unemployment check.

State representative Tim Brown (R-Bowling Green) is sponsoring the bill which he believes will mean people find jobs, faster.  He told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann, "There are people struggling to find work  but there are also employers struggling to find workers."

13abc reviewed the Ohio Means Jobs website, Monday, and found more than 111,000 jobs posted.

You can search for a job by type-- say full-time or even temporary.

You can also search by salary range; you can even search by occupation.

Representative Brown says that job site-- and the job seeker-- can now be partners in the job hunt.  Brown says, "The key being the less time somebody spends on unemployment the better it is for taxpayers and the better it is for everybody."

The bill also requires job seekers contact the local Ohio Means Jobs office and take classes that teach resume writing and interviewing skills.

But Holly Robertson, with Jobsolutions in Wood County, says it takes more than relying on a website and a class to get a job.  She recommends networking, as well.  "The more people you know and are talking to about your job search the more opportunities that you have to be able to connect to those jobs," Robertson told 13abc.

The state wants to help people find work but Representative Brown says job seekers have to do their part.  "If they don't do this they don't get unemployment benefits in the State of Ohio."

Brown's bill passed the house a week ago with support from members of both parties.  It heads to the senate and could be on the governor's desk, in May.

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