Montgomery County’s Workforce Development Department, which serves adult workers, businesses, and youth, is implementing changes to allow for the social distancing recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes will allow services to continue, largely through phone and email, while helping to stop the spread of the virus. All in-person visits to the Workforce Development area of The Job Center will be by appointment only.
The Talent Services division, located at 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton, is allowing people to use public computers to apply for unemployment benefits from the State of Ohio, but is no longer allowing walk-in visitors. All visitors must have an appointment. To keep with social distancing recommendations and to allow for disinfecting of the area, there will be a maximum of 35 appointments daily.
Anyone who needs to file for unemployment should use the website http://unemployment.ohio.gov, and use the number 2000180 when filing. That number will identify the application as related to COVID-19. If anyone doesn’t have access to the internet, applications may also be done over the phone at (877) 644-6562. Hours for the call center have been extended to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Anyone needing to apply for unemployment benefits may also contact Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, who are keeping their computer lab open at 600 S. Main St. in Dayton.
Information for businesses experiencing layoffs
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has established a number to use when reporting layoffs resulting from this epidemic: 2000180. Any business reporting layoffs to the State of Ohio should use that number to ensure speedy processing of applications. There is also a mass layoff form available online at https://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/num/JFS00671/pdf/.
Montgomery County’s Talent Services team will continue to schedule Rapid Response orientations, and these orientations will be either by phone or by appointment only. These orientations, scheduled with the company who is experiencing layoffs, allow Workforce Specialists to prepare each laid off worker for their job search, and to help each worker find open jobs in the area and in their field of work.
Youth Career Services
Montgomery County is still taking applications for the Youth Career Services 365 summer work session. Our goal is to ensure all student workers have paperwork completed before the summer work session starts in June. Access to services, including student and parent orientations, will be provided by phone.
If a student has participated in the summer work program before, recertification for the Summer 2020 session can be done by phone at (937) 224-1482. New students can apply for the program online. Full information on the program and a link to the application are available at www.thejobcenter.org/ycs365.
Adult Career Services
The Adult Career Services division funds training opportunities for individuals who are out of work. Anyone who has become unemployed can call to set up an appointment at (937) 225-5531.
Business Solutions Center
The Business Solutions Center serves as the front door for businesses to all of Montgomery County’s programs. The Center is not allowing large group gatherings at its facility at 1435 Cincinnati St. in Dayton. Non-essential staff members are working from home. Any business inquiries should be sent to email@example.com.