Thousands of local displaced workers leads to rise in unemployment services

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A local job assistance center is seeing a rise of job-seekers after another round of layoffs in the Valley.

Over the past several months, the Valley has seen roughly 2,500 employees lose their jobs. 

General Motors laid off roughly 1,500 workers this year in Lordstown. Following the ripple effect, Comprehensive Logistics in Austintown closed down, displacing almost 200 workers, as well as Magna Seating, with 120 workers displaced.

More recently, Mercy Health laid off over 30 employees and Falcon Trucking company closed down unexpectedly displacing around 700 workers.

“We’ve noticed in just the last month about a 20 to 25 percent increase in our traffic coming through,” said Maryann Kochalko , the chief operating officer at Ohio Means Jobs. 

Ohio Means Jobs is a resource center that provides services to displaced workers and the unemployed. 

“A lot of those people were employed at the same place for decades, maybe. So they’ve been out of the labor force for a while, so we really want them to come in so we can help them validate what they’re looking for,” she said.

Ohio Means Jobs has three locations in the area. 

  • Trumbull County 
    • 280 N. Park Avenue, Warren, OH 44481
  • Mahoning County
    • 141 Boardman-Canfield Rd, Youngstown, OH 44512
  • Columbiana county
    • 7989 Dickey Drive, Lisbon, OH 44432

They provide services for all types of fields.

“You have healthcare workers and auto workers, a lot of industrial workers, a lot of retail workers in this area,”

Kochalko says those looking for employment are encouraged to stop in and take advantage of their free services. 

They will help with resumes, filing unemployment, retraining services, workshops, among other things.

“We help people try to determine if what they’re looking for in a job is a valid career to choose. If it’s an in-demand job now,”

The services are offered to anyone looking for work, there is no limit on age or capabilities.

Kochalko says apart from the on-site resources offered, they can also help refer people to the right community partners or Ohio Means Jobs partners who may have helpful services as well.

She says it also helps just to come in and get support and see you are not alone in your search for employment.

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