CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Mayor Mark Mallory called on Congress Wednesday to take action to help Cincinnatians who are unemployed find new jobs.
According to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, unemployment for the month of August was 9.7 percent in Cincinnati. Mayor Mallory discussed several bi-partisan provisions of President Obama's American Jobs Act contains several provisions to encourage and incentivize businesses to hire people who have been unemployed for a long time.
"Too many Cincinnatians are out of work because of this recession. To get companies to start hiring again, Congress needs to step in and take action to get the economy going. The President has put forward a plan of bipartisan ideas that would encourage companies to start hiring unemployed people right away," Mayor Mark Mallory said.
American Jobs Act will provide:
- A $4,000 tax credit to employers for hiring long-term unemployed workers, defined as unemployed for 6 months or more.
- "Bridge to Work" program in which unemployed people can take temporary or voluntary work or pursue on-the-job training, but will continue to receive unemployment insurance. I.e., getting a part-time job does not mean a loss of unemployment benefits.
- Wage insurance programs that compensate workers who take a new job for lower pay rather than claiming unemployment benefits. The program helps re-employ older workers faster and encourages entrepreneurship.
- Expanding job opportunities for low-income individuals by subsidizing employment for low-income unemployed and funding for youth jobs, both summer and year round.
- Prohibiting employers from discriminating against unemployed workers in hiring.
- Extend unemployment insurance for 6.2 million workers who have been unemployed for 6+ months.
The Mayor spoke at the SuperJobs Center, the local One-Stop Career Center, where unemployed workers can go for help finding a new job. Another provision of the President's jobs bill, new unemployment claimants will be required to check-in with their local One-Stop Career Centers, such as the SuperJobs Center, where they will receive a more intensive package of services, including:
- One-on-one career guidance,
- Job search assistance,
- Skills assessment,
- Workshops on an array of topics,
- Referrals to occupational training