While the layoffs Wednesday at Jobs and Family Services are unfortunate for 42 workers, it is an indication that life is better for the rest of us.
Those getting laid off are managers and representatives who deal with the unemployed. Most of the jobs are in Central Ohio.
As the economy improves, not as many of them are needed.
Evan Weese follows jobs for Columbus Business First, and he says the numbers speak for themselves.
“There are 295,000 Ohioans unemployed that means they don’t have a job but they’re searching for work and that is as of March, now that number was as high as 646,000 in January 2010.”
A few years ago, Washington wanted to extend unemployment benefits.
Today, it’s cutting unemployment money to the states.
The Columbus economy and its financial and data headquarters like Nationwide Insurance and Huntington Banks insulates it from continued long-term unemployment.
There shouldn’t be a surprise that three-fourths of those who work with the unemployed, and are no longer needed, are in central ohio.
For 42 state employees, work will end in a little more than a month.
The good news is, there are more jobs coming on line in the private sector.
There are more manufacturing, more data and more distribution jobs–just less of a need for someone to help people looking for work.
“Here in Central Ohio you see a lot of examples with big data, you have Amazon setting up a huge data center in Hilliard and you have IBM, some of these big players making major investments in Central Ohio.”
Jobs and Family Services said they’re not sure who will be leaving, and some of these workers can bump down to stay employed.
Those who work in unemployment are no different from the rest of us are also eligible for unemployment benefits.