LinkedIn, Ohio Team up on Job-seeking Help for Unemployed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is partnering with a professional networking website to make it easier for unemployed Ohioans to find jobs.

Some 200,000 Ohioans receive state unemployment benefits annually. The pilot program with LinkedIn is intended to make it more convenient for them to apply for jobs and track applications.

The six-month pilot will examine whether jobseekers’ paperwork burden is reduced.

Republican Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, says participating jobseekers will be able to save their job application history in one place and access useful state forms. They also can link to job listings, coursework and other resources.

Email updates will remind participants of the need to apply for at least two jobs a week to maintain benefits.