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Employment After Incarceration

Sep 19, 2019
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If you’ve applied for a job lately, you probably have been asked to check a small box if you have ever been convicted of a felony.

For most people, that’s not a problem. But for thousands of ex-felons living in Ohio, where more than 850 laws and administrative rules restrict where former felons may work, it is. 

Today on All Sides, the changing policies and programs to help former felons after they’ve done their time. 



Updated at 9:08 a.m. ET

The economy continued to add jobs at a steady pace last month, and the unemployment rate remained low. Analysts have been looking for signs that wage growth might pick up, but it held steady, too.

Payrolls grew by a lower-than-expected 157,000 in July, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent, as projected, the Labor Department said Friday.


Ohio’s unemployment rate went up in June to 4.5 percent. That’s compared with 4.3 percent in May, which was the lowest level since July 2001. But the number of employed Ohioans last month increased a bit, too.

When you picture a person suffering from opioid addiction, who comes to mind? Do you picture a stranger, a friend or relative? Or how about ... a coworker?

If that hasn't crossed your mind, consider this: according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 50 percent of those who reported abusing pain medication also said they have a full-time job, while an additional 15 percent said they work part-time. That reality has some employers rethinking their approach to drug use in their workforce.

Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET

The U.S. added a hefty 313,000 jobs in February — the biggest increase in 1 1/2 years — while wages rose more modestly than the previous month. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

The Labor Department also reported strong upward revisions for both December and January. January's figure was revised to 239,000 from 200,000 previously and December was pegged at 175,000, up from 160,000.

The Future of Central Ohio's Economy

Jan 3, 2018
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A look at the state of the economy in Central Ohio and what to expect in 2018. Find out what opportunities for growth exist and what areas needed development.

The Gig Economy

Jul 31, 2017
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Employment is taking on a different meaning as more and more people are joining the gig economy. Some American workers are making their living through holding second jobs, freelancing or working multiple short-term contracts. The job market is evolving past the traditional one-job employment. 

Today we are talking about the how the gig economy is changing the workforce, how to work in the gig economy and Uber's role in it.

This Wednesday marks the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The federal law mandates equal access, and prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities nationwide.

Advocate Linda Wetters is former assistant director of the state agency Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, previously known as the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission.  

Job Market for New Grads

Jun 10, 2015
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A recent report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers says the outlook for newly graduated job-seekers is pretty good-- but that’s “pretty good” with some qualifiers. This hour, what this year’s crop of first-time job seekers can expect and tips for standing out from the crowd

10:00 Jobs are moving, and the market is shifting. On this hour of "All Sides," we'll talk about the new geography transitions in the job market and the new, up-and-coming cities in which to look for jobs in the future. Guests

Women CEOs in Central Ohio

May 31, 2011

Are there too few women CEOs in Central Ohio? A new study just came out suggests that the numbers are too low. We'll discuss what companies can gain from having more women employed, and what the current statistics are here in Ohio as far as women's employment is concerned. Guests:


Jan 31, 2011

JobsOhio is a not-for-profit corporation created by Governor John Kasich responsible for overseeing Ohio state’s efforts to revive the economy and create jobs. Will this new private-sector approach to development stimulate new job growth in Ohio? What about transparency and oversight? Hear from a critic of privatization, Good Jobs First Research Director Phil Mattera, a local supporter, Columbus Partnership President/CEO Alex Fischer and Ohio Department of Development Director Mark Kvamme.

Autistic Adults in the Workplace

Jan 12, 2011

As the first big wave of children diagnosed with autism and related disorders moves beyond high school, how do we prepare autistic young adults for employment or higher education? And how do we prepare the workplace to recognize the special talents and needs of these adults? Discussing these topics and more: Oakstone Academy Middle School and High School director of curriculum Dr.

Hear about the debate in congress over the gender wage gap, with Bloomberg Business Week reporter Holly Rosenkrantz. Also: WAGE Campus and Community Initiatives national director Annie Houle discusses how women can take steps to narrow the wage gap.

Life After Prison

Oct 12, 2010

Programs helping prisoners successfully transition to life outside of prison and employers provide jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals, with Ohio Poverty Law Center Equal Justice Works fellow/attorney Melissa Lindsay, National Employment Law project staff attorney Madeline Neighly, National Center for Urban Solutions life coach John Turner, and Alvis House Re-entry Center re-entry specialist Robert Brown.