South Central Ohio Job and Family Services covers Ross, Vinton and Hocking counties.
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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is creating a $1 million Emergency Response Fund to help agencies and caseworkers burdened by the ongoing opioid epidemic. 

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Near the banks of the Scioto River in downtown Columbus, a white marble building with six floors of office space lies empty and dormant. Orange cones and yellow caution tape near the building's main entrance warn pedestrians of falling debris.

Ohio Jobless Rate Drops In February

Mar 21, 2014

The state says Ohio's unemployment rate dropped in February. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that the seasonally adjusted rate in February was 6.5 percent, which was down from 6.9 percent in January. It's the state's lowest jobless rate since June 2008. The state's rate has dipped below the national rate, which was 6.7 percent in February. The announcement comes on the heels of a U.S. Department of Labor report saying Ohio had the second-biggest job gains of any state in January, adding 16,700 positions.

ODJFS Has New Director

Dec 19, 2008

Gov. Strickland Friday appointed the head of Franklin County Job and Family Services to head the state agency.

Former director Helen Jones Kelley resigned following a one-month unpaid leave for allegedly using state resources for political reasons.

51-year-old Douglas Lumpkin takes over the state agency on January 12th.