Sinclair Community College is slated to get a nearly $12 million federal grant for the development of job training in information technology.
Sinclair will receive the funding to lead a consortium to develop the training. The U.S. Department of Labor says the money is part of $500 million in grants announced through a program that promotes skill development and jobs in certain fields through partnerships between employers and training providers.
Ohio is facing a catch-22. Because the state's official unemployment rate has dropped to a full percentage point below the national average, the federal government is cutting back its share of emergency unemployment benefits to jobless Ohioans.
Ben Johnson, with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, says people will notice the cutback at the beginning of December.
A recent survey conducted by MadeInDaytonBlog.Com indicates that many manufacturing jobs in the Dayton area remain unfilled, despite large numbers of people looking for work.
The blog was started back in December as a clearinghouse for local manufacturers to communicate needs and exchange ideas. More than a hundred companies responded to the survey and said they have jobs that have remained unfilled – and many say the disconnect between available jobs and the unemployed comes down to skills.
DAYTON- Ohio’s unemployment rate continues to drop, indicating economic improvement in the state. Figures from the United States Bureau of Labor statistics show that the state has seen an overall 1 percent decrease in jobless Ohioans from September to February. However, local rates in the Dayton Metropolitan area are still high.
Dayton’s jobless rate in October was at 9.3 then fell to 8.3 percent in November. It has been rising since then and now stands at 8.8 percent for January. Figures for February and March are not yet released for the City.