|Ohio’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Dislocated Worker Program assists laid-off workers to obtain new jobs with comparable wages. Addressing the needs of recently laid-off workers helps to minimize the disruption of job transition on their own lives as well as that of their families and communities.
An emphasis of the WIA program is to increase the employment, retention, and earnings of dislocated workers by increasing their work readiness, educational attainment, and occupational skills and by connecting them to jobs in demand. There are three levels of service:
- Core services - Includes outreach, job search and placement assistance, and labor market information available to all job seekers.
- Intensive services - Includes more comprehensive assessments, development of individual employment plans and counseling and career planning.
- Training services - Customers are linked to job opportunities in their communities, including both occupational training and training in basic skills. Participants use an Individual Training Account (ITA) to select an appropriate training program from a qualified training provider or participate in training supported by an employer.
During the last program year, Ohio served 19,789 dislocated workers including veterans, individuals with disabilities, older workers, and displaced homemakers.
Dislocated workers who participated in WIA training services earned 2,058 credentials and degrees; 89% of the dislocated workers
who found jobs were still employed nine months after exiting the program.
Over 2,084 Veterans
received WIA services.
|A dislocated worker is any adult 18 years and older who:
- Has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff.
- Is eligible for, or has exhausted entitlement to unemployment compensation; or has been employed for a duration sufficient to demonstrate attachment to the workforce, but is not eligible for unemployment compensation, and is unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation; or
- Has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff from employment as a result of a permanent closure of, or any substantial layoff at a plant, facility, or enterprise; or
- Is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that the facility will close within 180 days; or
- Was self-employed but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions; or
- Is a displaced homemaker.
WIA Performance Reports
- Ohio Allocations & Expenses
- Ohio Program Performance
- National Emergency Grants (NEGs) are available to supplement dislocated worker funds to state, local boards and other eligible entities in order to respond to the needs of workers and communities affected by major economic dislocation and other worker dislocation events which cannot be met with traditional WIA funding.
- Rapid Response grants are also being used to pay for outreach and to educate workers about their rights and benefits they may be entitled to.
- Locked-Out Workers are entitled to some services under specific guidelines.
- The WARN Act provides protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs.
For More Information:
The Office of Workforce Development
P.O. Box 1618
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1618
Phone: 1-888-296-7541, Option # 8
Last Update 11/21/2011