Ohio employers receive help in finding skilled workers

December 15, 2016

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Employers can now go online and connect to Ohio technical centers, community colleges and universities to find employees for in-demand jobs.

Officials from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation and the Department of Job and Family Services unveiled the Workforce Supply Tool on Thursday.

The tool is on the OhioMeansJobs website. It is the supply tool tab for employers, workforcesupply.chrr.ohio-state.edu/.

Information on in-demand occupations, workforce supply and graduating institutions is provided. Businesses can choose from one of six regions or statewide.

Labor market data allows businesses to compare candidates statewide and policymakers can gain insights to prioritize workforce reform, officials said.

Individual occupations include background data on the occupation with earnings, individuals with unemployment claims in specific occupations and supply of potential workers in specific occupations by educational level.

Employers may also use the tool to obtain specific contact information for educational programs that train individuals. Education providers can use the tool to identify similar programs and coordinate degree and certificate offerings.

The supply tool currently includes approximately 20 in-demand occupations. It will be expanded early next year to include 200 individual occupations, making regional supply pipeline forecasts predictable for employers across the state of Ohio.

The tool was funded by a $180,000 National Skills Coalition State Workforce and Education Alignment Project Grant.