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Handling of unemployment cases moves to Chillicothe

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 06:47 AM

IRONTON -- The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will move employees handling unemployment cases from Ironton to Chillicothe, according to a news release.

The move has no impact on the county Department of Job and Family Services operations at 1100 S. 7th Street in Ironton, said Gene Myers, director of the agency which handles food assistance, medical assistance, medical eligibility, child support and child welfare cases.

Some of the state employees handling unemployment claims had been working from their homes. It is unclear whether they can continue to do that or will be forced to move to Chillicothe to keep their jobs.

The plan to consolidate 13 unemployment offices will save $2 million per year, according to the release. The consolidation will start this spring and continue through the end of the year, according to the release.

"I realize that moving to a new location will present challenges for some employees," said Michael B. Colbert, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. "However, we owe it to those we serve to operate as efficiently as possible. This plan preserves jobs, prioritizes people over buildings and maintains the agency's statewide presence."