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.


Job Search

Summer Youth Employment Program

Hamilton County Summer Youth Employment Program

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides subsidized employment to eligible Hamilton County youth, while providing opportunities for career exploration, professional development and credentialing


Funding is provided by the Hamilton County Job & Family Services and targets Hamilton County residents, ages 14-18, still in high school who meet income eligibility requirements.

Eligible youth are hired and outsourced to area businesses with Talbert House as the employer of record.

The youth work experience is eight weeks from June 2021 through August 2021 and includes recruitment, on-boarding, job readiness training and worksite placement.


  • Temporary employment of youth participants
  • $10/hour wages
  • Human Resources, Payroll and Workers’ Compensation responsibilities
  • Work Site liaison (Job Coach) assigned to each work site
  • Job readiness training for youth prior to placement
  • Supportive services (e.g., transportation, uniforms for youth


Training Work Sites – These sites combine certification and work experience that provide youth the opportunity to secure a marketable certification and build work history.

Supply ChainLean Six Sigma-Yellow BeltSupply Chain OKI
Office AdminMicrosoft OfficeCode For Kids
ConstructionOSHA 10, NCCERAllied Construction Industries
Media/MarketingMedia Production Specialist-Cert. of CompletionEasley Blessed Media

Work Experience SitesThese businesses provide entry level, on-the job training and mentoring that could lead to permanent placement.

Enhanced-Pay Work Sites – In order maintain a competitive edge, various work sites will pay an amount over and above the standard $10 per hour provided by the program.


  • Attend a required (virtual) Work Site Orientation by registering at:


  • Complete required documentation following Work Site Orientation
  • Participate in virtual interviews with youth
  • Select youth for placement
  • Sign and return Worksite Agreement
  • Accommodate site visits
  • Questions may be directed to Tori Turner at 513-814-1001
Ohio Means Jobs

The State of Ohio has provided many useful job search tools through Ohio Means Jobs.


Second Chance Hiring – Beacon of Hope

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


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.


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

Training Opportunities For A New Career

Community Action Agency

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


Rapid Re-Employment Initiative

The Rapid Re-employment Initiative provided by Community Action Agency (CAA) is providing assistance to people who have lost their jobs during COVID-19. We are evaluating job skills, providing training and assisting with barriers including childcare, purchase of job supplies and transportation needs. The average wage for those who go through the program is $15/hour.

APPLYRapid Re-Employment Program | Community Action Agency (cincy-caa.org)

CALL(513) 569-1840

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.