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NewsWIB August 2019
Spotlight on Labor Market Information
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CELEBRATES THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY
OF LABOR DAY
News Release: August 29, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella hosted an event commemorating the 125th anniversary of Labor Day on the front steps of the Frances Perkins Building. The Acting Secretary, joined by long-serving members of the Department, unveiled a banner honoring the historic anniversary that will be prominently displayed on the Frances Perkins Building. Acting Secretary Pizzella shared the Department of Labor's history and celebrated the Department of Labor's service to the American workforce.
On this Labor Day, more than 157 million Americans are working – the highest number of Americans working ever recorded. 5.7 million jobs have been created since January 2017. Unemployment is at 3.7%, near a 50-year low, and has been at or below 4% for 17 months in a row. This is the lowest unemployment going into a Labor Day since 1969. Year-over-year earnings growth has been at or above 3% for a year straight and is currently 3.2%. There are 7.3 million open jobs and there have been more open jobs than job seekers for 16 straight months.on of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
Spotlight on Employers
ODJFS + OhioMeansJobs Partnership = All Around Success

Reiser & Company, a small accounting firm in Hamilton County, needed an accountant and hoped to hire a Veteran. They were having a difficult time finding a Veteran with the accounting skillset. After meeting an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Workforce Specialist at a networking event, Ms. Reiser was introduced to a Veteran candidate referred by a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) staff member who had been working with this job-seeker to help discover a new career opportunity. A Veteran of the Gulf War, the candidate had been laid off from a warehouse position and thus far had been unsuccessful in finding work. He had an accounting degree but had not worked in accounting for quite a few years.
In the meantime, OMJ’s business services unit staff reached out to Ms. Reiser, getting the company signed up to access the On the Job Training (OJT) program. As a small business owner, Ms. Reiser was very clear how beneficial the $5000 training reimbursement would be for the company, potentially providing additional software training to hone the candidate’s accounting skills even further.   The OhioMeansJobs (OMJ) Center was able to offer further support for gas cards. This transportation assistance was critical to assist the new employee to be able to get to work while awaiting a paycheck.
From left to right: Sabina Blake (DVOP), Kathleen Busemeyer (On-the-Job Training), Michael Flynn (Veteran), and Jules Camarda (ODJFS Account Executive)
Spotlight on Construction Employers
The SWORWIB has always benefited from the involvement of construction employers beginning with Pete Strange of Messer Construction in 2001. Since 2001, the SWORWIB has had multiple construction employers as board members, committee participants and board leaders. Currently on the SWORWIB, Jackie Alf of Jurgensen Companies, Michael Prus of Prus Construction and Tyronne Stuckey of TYS Construction Services are active participants and contributors to promoting construction trades, skill-sets and employment.   I Build America–Ohio proudly serves as the Ohio chapter of the I Build America movement. Their website is https://www.ibuildamerica-ohio.com and is full of resources for the construction industry as well as for young people and their parents who can learn more about the industry and its extensive career pathway options. 
 
At the August SWORWIB Quarterly Board meeting, a spotlight on construction was featured with the members from the robust website:   https://www.ibuildamerica-ohio.com/  and a YouTube message https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c03VTOJMhCI. New construction instructional programming was introduced to the board after years of preparation for a new associate degree and certificate learning in the Mining, Asphalt and Concrete Construction (MACC) industry. Detailed information on the “MACC” is available by clicking on the graphic below: 
Spotlight on our Easterseals Partner
Congratulations to Easterseals for their creative new fundraiser “Cocktails for a Cause
After work hours on August 29 th, board members, staff, supporters and friends gathered at Revel OTR, 111 E.12 th Street to celebrate the “house that youth built”!! Guests learned how academics and construction training through Easterseals created breakthrough moments and brighter futures for young adults in Greater Cincinnati – and contributed financial support that was matched by anonymous donor. Easterseals has applied for another YouthBuild grant, supported by the SWORWIB, that will continue a construction focus for training while also expanding to healthcare credentials as an alternate career for program youth. 
Pictured left to right:   Sherry Kelley Marshall, SWORWIB President; Pamela Green, Easterseals President; MaryCate McIntyre, University of Cincinnati DAAP ’19 and designer of the YouthBuild Construction Lab instructional model and James Harris, YouthBuild Manager.
Spotlight on Youth
CCMEP Launches Youth Tech Team

While many youth spent the summer watching TV and playing video games, a group of forward-thinking teens got paid to learn to code. The group are a part of the Comprehensive Case Management Employment Program (CCMEP) which helps low-income 14-24 year-olds connect to education, training and employment.

These teens were looking for summer jobs and, after interviewing with several employers, were selected to work with Michael Beck of Midwest Latino, LLC. and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. They were paid $10.00 per hour to do hands-on learning in coding, web design, robotics, drone technology and 3D printing.  “There is a high demand for jobs in technology in the Cincinnati area,” said Tori Turner, coordinator of CCMEP Summer Employment Program. “We want to make sure our youth are prepared for those jobs.”

To expose them to the many opportunities in science and technology, Beck and the job coaching team at CCMEP took the youth on field trips that included the Cincinnati Bell Innovation Hub in Avondale and the Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery at the Cincinnati Museum Center. For ten weeks, the teens worked in teams and individually on projects ranging from programming the path for a robot to follow to designing a course for drones to developing an animated dance app.

“By focusing on these technology skills, problem solving and teamwork, we help the students prepare for the jobs of the future,” said Beck, also a SWORWIB Board Member.

CCMEP is a statewide program that offers year-round services for its customers. Training primarily focuses on in-demand careers in Information Technology, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Construction, Supply Chain/Logistics and Commercial Driving (CDL). Case management and supportive services are also provided. In Hamilton County, Talbert House, Easterseals, Community Action Agency and Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio work together under the leadership of Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services and the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board to provide these services. To learn more about CCMEP, call 513-482-4600.
CCMEP Tech Class I pose at CCMEP’s summer employment celebration held August 10, 2019.
Photo and story credit to Erica L. Fears, Talbert House

In-School Youth
Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates (JCG)

My Summer Work Experience Opportunity at
The Cincinnati Herald
The Cincinnati Herald is a local African American newspaper company published every Wednesday by SESH communications, and that is where I interned for the 2019 summer. Spending most of my time at a newspaper company made me intrigued about becoming a print journalist.

During my time at The Cincinnati Herald, I was assigned different office tasks such as answering the company’s telephone, preparing tear sheets for the weekly newspaper, emailing churches about our signature events and participating in staff meetings. I also was given tasks pertaining to signature events such as the ‘Nefertiti Awards’ that acknowledges local women that have made an impact in the community. I was given the opportunity to interview and write stories about different individuals concerning their black-owned businesses. I volunteered for the National Newspaper Publishers Association Convention that was held in Cincinnati, which is a trade association of more than 200 African American community newspapers from around the United States. I also volunteered to promote the Cincinnati Music Festival through all of The Cincinnati Herald’s media outlets.
The skills that I have developed while interning at The Cincinnati Herald included properly introducing myself on the phone professionally, learning how to write and edit my writing when it comes to writing articles for the newspaper, learning to dress professionally in the workplace and how to promote events on different media outlets. I experienced visiting the WCPO Channel 9 News Station where I also had the honor of meeting civil rights activist Dr. Benjamin Chavis. What I liked about interning at The Cincinnati Herald is writing multiple stories and getting them published through the newspaper. What I found to be challenging is learning how to cooperate with people with personalities that are different from mine. My plan is to further my education at Central State University. I will be majoring in Communications with a concentration in Print Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing.

My overall career goal is to become a freelance writer and work for multiple black-owned print media outlets. I also want to create my own writing blog plus create a podcast that will discuss black politics, black entertainment and black culture. Interning at The Cincinnati Herald inspired me to pursue journalism as a career to share my stories and thoughts with others. I appreciate the staff and faculty of Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates, and I would like to thank The Cincinnati Herald for giving me the opportunity to intern for them this summer!

Follow-up note: With help from The Cincinnati Herald, Jada interviewed and was hired for a position at Central State in the Communications Center! Congratulations Jada!