Lt. Governor Husted announced this week that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) will receive an $8.5 million federal Employment Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant to help re-employ individuals who lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and to help employers rebuild their workforces.

8.5M for unemployed workers and employers impacted by COVIDODJFS will work with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to facilitate the grant program through local OhioMeansJobs centers and will distribute the funding to Ohio’s local workforce areas. ODJFS will also provide outreach to employers and services to individuals who were laid off, either permanently or temporarily, as a result of the pandemic.

To find your nearest OhioMeansJobs center, go to or visit and click on the icon for OhioMeansJobs centers. Ohioans also can visit and can click on “Find Jobs Near Me” to be taken to postings for essential jobs that employers need filled now.

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