Unemployment and helping you look and train for a job

The stress of being out of work can be made even worse if benefits and job search support is confusing or difficult to find. These options are among the resources that can help you on your path forward.


Ohio Unemployment Benefits

Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits or view frequently asked questions online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. It is also possible to file by phone at (877) 644-6562 or TTY at (888) 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7AM to 7PM, Saturday 9AM to 5PM, and Sunday 9AM to 1PM. Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov.



CALL(877) 644-6562

Guide to Unemployment Process

This guide has been provided by the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services to assist you in applying for unemployment benefits, learn about unemployment insurance, and links to instructions for using Ohio’s online unemployment benefit. It also includes an interactive map that can help you locate the nearest OhioMeansJobs center, where you can get one-on-one assistance finding your next better job.


Hamilton County Youth Employment Program

Hamilton County Youth Employment Program

Our new Hamilton County Youth Employment Program provides jobs and year-round job readiness training for Hamilton County residents ages 14-21. We want to help young people in Hamilton County find work, explore careers and remove barriers to create a clear path to more education or a career.


To be eligible, young people must have a household income at 200 percent of the federal poverty level and/or have an eligible barrier to employment. When participants complete the program, they will have a written training plan to help them continue on the path toward their chosen career.


  • Earn $13 per hour
  • Earn incentives/bonuses
  • Earn micro-credentials that will boost your resume
  • Get help with creating a resume
  • Transportation and ID assistance
  • Training opportunities to prepare for careers.


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Employee Application:

Do you own a business that could employ a young person? Let us know.

To learn more visit:



The OhioMeansJob Center of Cincinnati and Hamilton County offer tools and resources that help job-seekers and employers find a job or employees in Hamilton County.


Freestore Foodbank

Freestore Foodbank provides several job training programs, from Cincinnati Cooks!, to its LIFT program.



COOKS – (513) 482-7298

LIFT – (513) 482-3660

Prevention, Retention and Contingency Funds

The Prevention, Retention, Contingency (PRC) program helps families residing in Hamilton County overcome immediate employment-related barriers. The PRC program can help provide: gas cards and bus passes for those who are working or have a job offer, uniforms, tools and other hardware for individuals to obtain or keep a job, and uniforms, books, equipment and other school-related requests for both youth and adults. Individuals applying for assistance must either be gainfully employed or have an employment offer that can be secured with PRC assistance.



Hamilton County Jobs

Want to give back to your community? Hamilton County is a great place to work with competitive benefits and a supportive and inclusive environment focused on public service.


Returning Citizens (formerly incarcerated)

Center for Employment Opportunities

Employs individuals who are returning to work from incarceration through an immediate transitional job. The center continually accepts new participants for the program.



CALL(513) 357-2000

Second Chance Hiring – Beacon of Hope

Everyone who needs a Second Chance to work and change their life – gets that chance.


Training Opportunities For A New Career

Community Action Agency

Community Action Agency (CAA) provides several training options including CDL, Tech, Construction, and more.


Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board

Earn industry-recognized certifications in living wage and high-growth fields. Training funds are available for training and schools listed in the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board provider list.


Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)

The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) offers education and training for high-demand jobs to Veterans who are unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep reading to find out if you’re eligible and how to apply.