MOUNT VERNON — A drop in the unemployment rate across the county was the report from Matthew Kurtz, director of Knox County Jobs and Family Services, when he met Monday morning with the Knox County Board of Commissioners. Kurtz reported that unemployment in Knox County fell from 7.0 percent in April to 6.6 percent in May. This compares to 6.9 percent for the state of Ohio and 7.9 percent across the nation.
“If people want to work, there are jobs,” said Kurtz. “And we can help them get connected.”
One local source of connecting workers with employers is the mobile resource van, called the “Job-ebago,” which will be featured at a two-day director’s conference in Columbus in July.
One item still in the works is paperwork that will transfer funds from Wood County to Knox County with the Collabor8 program. Kurtz explained that Wood County JFS had some funding not being utilized that they are going to be sending on to Knox County. “We’re helping them with resources that are non-monetary; and they’re going to shift some money our way so our Jobs and Family Services can help the people of Knox County a bit more,” said commissioner Allen Stockberger.
“And we are going to re-invest that into work for all the counties in Collabor8 to help move the case loads forward,” added Kurtz. “In times past, they’ve sent the money elsewhere. But now they thought it was just as well they keep it in our consortium.”
The transfer will have to be in the form of a resolution that clerk/administrator Rochelle Shackle is to prepare.