SuperJobs Center Turning Out Super Numbers

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This bell rings at the SuperJobs Center with each new job!

I looked over some of our numbers from the SuperJobs Center today and I am very happy with the work being done there. Our employees are to be commended for their outstanding work.

You will recall that we took over operation of the SuperJobs Center in July 2012. After Workforce Investment Act funds were cut by 45 percent in 2012, the city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County sought a more efficient provider to run the SuperJobs Center. Hamilton County Job and Family Services was selected and given the mandate of spending $500,000 less on administrative costs, instead using that money for direct services to benefit local workers and businesses.

Several other goals were laid out at the time, with an eye toward improving the local workforce and fostering economic development. The agency has met or exceeded all of those goals:

Increase spending on direct services to consumers by $500,000 to a total $1,330,000. Spending on direct services has increased to $1,732,789.  The increases have been in two categories: $1,531,172 on additional training and subsidies and an additional $201,617 on transportation and work supports.

Reduce operating costs (staff and overhead) by $500,000. Operating costs have been reduced by $706,928. (Arbor had previously spent $2,470,160 on staff, shared, profit and indirect costs. HCJFS has reduced operating costs to $1,763,232.)

Enroll 750 individuals in WIA. 1,631 people were enrolled in the first year under HCJFS. (Arbor enrolled 664 individuals in the prior year.)

Provide training and wage subsidies to 200 individuals. 478 people received training and wage subsidies in the first year. (Arbor served 140 individuals in the prior year.)

Help 450 individuals find employment. 665 of those the agency provided with in depth services managed to find employment in the first year. (In the previous year, Arbor helped 422 find employment.)

Serve 200 employers more than once. 302 employers were served repeatedly in the first year. (In the previous year, Arbor served 219 employers.)

Meet or exceed state and federal performance measures. In the last report, SuperJobs met four state measures and exceeded two. Four of the six increased relative to the prior quarter. Five of the six increased compare to one year prior.

Fantastic work!

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SuperJobs Center Helping Local Businesses with Training

Jump-starting the economy is big news as we head into November. We are doing our part here at Job and Family Services. Check out this column I wrote for our community newsletter, Update. While you are there, read about some of the other things we have happening at JFS.

 

http://www.hcjfs.hamilton-co.org/UpdateNew2012/September/Cover.htm

Information on Job Possibilities

We see first hand every day the results of unemployment. One in six people in this county now turns to us for help meeting their daily needs.

While providing a helping hand, we also help people find their way back to work.

Ohio has a unique partnership with Monster.com that gives employers free access to millions of resumes within a 50-mile radius of the state. Job seekers get access to more than 60,000 job openings.

Access to the Monster resume database normally costs $10,000 a year, but through Ohio Means Jobs, Ohio employers get that service for free. Ohio developed – and became the first state in the nation to adopt – this groundbreaking model of public-private collaboration. Best of all, Ohio Means Jobs is entirely self-serve: Both employers and job seekers can access it from any Web-connected computer.

Please visit www.OhioMeansJobs.com today.

Employment Services Chat Tomorrow

I just wanted to make sure you all knew about our employment services chat tomorrow. I know the economy is still taking its toll on this community.

The chat is an opportunity for job seekers to ask questions about local opportunities, workers to learn about assistance that will help them move up the career ladder and employers to explore what the county’s Super Jobs program can offer them in terms of filling open positions. Kevin Holt, a manager in the county’s Workforce Development section, and Sheila Veits Roth, public relations professional with Super Jobs, will be online from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to answer your questions.

To participate, visit www.hcjfs.org and click on the link posted under Today at HCJFS.

We hold a chat nearly every Wednesday about one topic or another. Please visit www.hcjfs.org to check our chat schedule.