May 29, 2019

Southwest Ohio Job Fair on June 24 at Holiday Inn-Eastgate

BATAVIA, Ohio (May 29, 2019) – OhioMeansJobs\Clermont\Warren\Butler Counties and Holiday Inn & Suites-Eastgate are hosting the Southwest Ohio Job Fair on Monday, June 24, at the Holiday Inn, 4501 Eastgate Blvd. This event will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Approximately 40 employers will participate, with hundreds of jobs available in the healthcare, finance, manufacturing, hospitality, transportation, and customer service industries, for all skill and experience levels, and pay ranges.

Some of the employers include ChildCare Careers, General Data Co., Burke, Inc., Tata Consultancy Services, Cintas, Freeman Schwabe Machinery, HealthSource of Ohio, Castellini Group of Companies, Design Within Reach, MANE, Graham Packaging, Pax Corrugated, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Hardy Diagnostics, Fifth Third Bank, DHL Express, Crothall Healthcare@Cincinnati Children’s, ADVICS Manufacturing Ohio, U.S. Census Bureau, WESS, Mercy Health, Innovative Labeling Solutions, Honeymoon Paper Products, Interim Health Care, Lykins Energy Solutions, The Armor Group, and Miami Valley Gaming.

Door prizes will be provided by participating employers. Veterans are encouraged to attend.

Come dressed to impress and bring your resume– you may be shaking hands with your next employer.

This event is free and open to the public with free parking.

For more information, call OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County at 513.943.3000 or for more details.


May 28, 2019

Judy Eschmann, Director of Job & Family Services, is retiring

Judy Eschmann

BATAVIA, Ohio (May 28, 2019) – Judy Eschmann, the Director of the Clermont County Department of Job & Family Services, is retiring on May 31 after five-and-a-half years at the helm of the agency here, and a career of 33 years in social work.

That can be a tough and challenging profession, but for Eschmann, it’s been a rewarding one. The Batavia native went to the University of Cincinnati intending to become a school teacher or social worker. After college, she took the civil service test required to work for what was then known as the county welfare department.

“Hamilton County hired me (a very young and green version of me) and I set out to ‘save the world’ and the next 33 ½ years just flew by,” she says.

As a lobby receptionist for Hamilton County, she was the first face that hundreds of people saw each day as they came in for assistance. “I worked my way up a career ladder and had an opportunity to work in many positions including case worker, supervisor, trainer, and policy coordinator,” Judy said. “In 2010, I became the director of Clinton County DJFS which is structured very similar to Clermont DJFS, but on a much smaller scale. It was a great place to learn about all the connections among agency programs including funding, shared services, program mandates and overlaps and most importantly our shared customers.

“In 2013, I became director of Clermont County DJFS and have loved every minute of it,” she says.

As director in Clermont County, Judy said she is most proud of the summer youth employment program that DJFS manages and that enlists local employers to hire youth from low-income families for summer jobs. Those jobs, which pay $10 an hour, can make a big difference to the kids – and their families.

“I remember only having a few months to pull that program together,” she says.” Our entire agency assisted with identifying eligible youth as well as reaching out and recruiting employers to serve as worksites. That team effort was the foundation for a program that has grown each year and served hundreds of youth.”

Eschmann says that it’s easy to misunderstand exactly what DJFS does – because it encompasses so many divisions.

“The name of Job and Family Services is vague and does not describe who we are, and most people don’t realize what we do,” she says. “We are a social service agency with a team of dedicated, talented, compassionate staff. In our Public Assistance Division, we assist families with temporary and long-term benefits (food, cash and Medicaid). In our OhioMeansJobs Center, we provide services to job seekers and employment training. In our Child Support Division, we establish paternity and enforce child support orders. In our Children’s Protective Services Division, we work with families to overcome barriers to keep children safe.”

As she starts a new chapter, Eschmann says, “I’m so glad I had the opportunity to end my JFS career in the county I call home. I believe the programs we administer help assist individuals and families with self-sufficiency, assist with supporting a healthy community and assist with keeping children safe. I am fortunate to work with a talented team and all our accomplishments were possible because of my team.”

After relaxing with her family a bit at home, Eschmann says she’s ready for a new career. “While I’m not as young or as green as I once was, I still have a fair amount of ‘save the world’ left in me.”


April 17, 2019

Career Expo on May 9 to showcase in-demand jobs

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Partners for a Competitive Workforce are hosting a Career Expo & Hiring Event on May 9 to spread the word that many good-paying jobs are available locally in supply chain, construction, manufacturing and health care industries. The expo is being held during Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week, which is May 6-10 this year.

“These sectors are seeing significant growth in the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana region, with a promising outlook,” said Greg Hudson, adjunct supply chain management at Gateway Community & Technical College.

The Career Expo & Hiring Event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 9 at Southern Hills Post-Secondary Campus, 2225 Hales Way, Mt. Orab, Ohio 45154. More than 20 companies representing these growth industries will be participating.

The event will have two sessions. The first session, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will be restricted to Batavia/Goshen/Williamsburg students. The second session, from 2-4 p.m., will be open to all adults seeking employment in any of the listed sectors.

More than 200 jobs in Ohio are considered “in demand,” based on labor market information, job postings on, JobsOhio regional forecasts and employer forecasts.

In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity for students and job seekers to learn more about the rewarding and high-demand careers available locally.


March 15, 2019

OMJ/Clermont to host seminar on employee engagement

BATAVIA, Ohio (March 15, 2019) — OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County is hosting a free business seminar, “Happy Employees. Happy Business. Why Does Employee Engagement Matter?” from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce, 4355 Ferguson Drive, Suite #150, Cincinnati, OH 45245.

Three million Americans quit their jobs every month. Turnover of a single employee can hurt overall performance. Employee turnover costs U.S. companies approximately $160 billion per year, according to experts.

Learn how the performance outcomes of employee engagement can be measured using simple and affordable methods for improved engagement in your organization. And then network with other HR staff and business owners.

Presenter Jackie Messersmith has more than 20 years of experience as the founder/president of Workflow Dynamics. She is the co-founder and president of Talent Management. Messersmith’s work has been featured in books and articles.

For more information or to register for this free event, call OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County at 513.943.3737 or email

February 6, 2019

Clermont County courts, other offices to close Friday for detective’s services

Detective Bill Brewer

BATAVIA, Ohio (Feb. 6, 2019) – All Clermont County courts and many county offices will be closed Friday, Feb. 8, to allow employees to attend, view or participate in services for Sheriff’s Detective Bill Brewer, who lost his life in the line of duty on Feb. 2.


Sheriff’s Office: Administrative offices close at noon Thursday and all day Friday.

Common Pleas Court: Closes at 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday. This also includes Probation, Law Library, and Court Services.

Juvenile Court/Probate Court: Closes at 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday.

Prosecutor’s Office: Closes at 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday.

Domestic Relations Court: Closes at 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday. All hearings will be scheduled to the next available time.

Board of County Commissioners’ office, and departments including Water Resources Administration Building, Building Inspection, Permit Central, Job & Family Services, OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County, and Department of Community & Economic Development: Closed Friday.

Municipal Court: Closed Friday. Those who have an arraignment scheduled for Friday will be sent a new court date. They can also check the website for updated information.

Common Pleas Clerk’s Office, Domestic Relations Clerk and all auto title offices: Closed Friday.

Public Defender’s Office: Closed Friday.

Auditor’s Office: Closed Friday.

Recorder’s Office: Closed Friday.

Engineer’s Office: Closed Friday.

Public Health: Closed Friday.

Coroner’s Office: Closed Friday; on call at 513.543.0129.


Some county offices will be open, including the Treasurer’s Office, which is accepting payments for first-half property taxes, which are due Feb. 13. The Municipal Clerk of Court Office will be open Friday. The Board of Elections office will be open Friday.

Bus service in Clermont County, including Dial-A-Ride, will operate normally.

The county website,, has separate pages for each county office, including how to contact them. Check there if you have questions on whether an office is open or closed.

Services for Detective Brewer are as follows:

Family and friends are invited to a public visitation from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at Mount Carmel Christian Church, 4110 Bach Buxton Rd, Batavia, OH 45103, under the direction of E.C. Nurre Funeral Home in Amelia. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Interment will follow at Pierce Township Cemetery.

January 17, 2019

Guidance for federal employees in Ohio impacted by shutdown

Ohio Unemployment Insurance Guidance
for Federal Employees Affected by the Federal Shutdown

  • Federal employees affected by the federal government shutdown can file for Ohio Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits if they are partially or totally unemployed due to the federal shutdown.
  • Federal employees that are still working during the shutdown generally are not eligible for Ohio UI because they are considered still employed.
  • Federal employees who wish to file for unemployment insurance are encouraged to file with the state where the individual’s federal wages are assigned. For example, if a federal employee has their residence in California, but their current job is in Ohio, they typically will file with the State of Ohio. By contrast, a federal employee with their residence in Ohio, but a current job in California typically will file with the State of California.
  • New Ohio UI claims may be filed online (*go to the “Unemployed Workers” section under the tab, “File/Appeal Benefits”), or those needing special assistance may call (877) 644-6562.
  • Individuals filing new claims must have at least 20 weeks of employment and an average weekly wage of $261 during the 12 months beginning October 1, 2017, and ending September 30, 2018, to qualify for benefits. A benefits estimator can be found at in the “Additional Information section” under the “Benefits Estimator” tab.
  • Federal employees affected by the federal shutdown are required to make an active search for work by applying for at least two positions each week, and providing that information when they file their weekly claims.
  • Unlike other employers, federal employers do not report wage information to state labor departments. Therefore, when the affected federal employee files for Ohio UI benefits, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) will send a request for wage and separation information directly to the federal employer.
  • Some federal agencies may not be available to respond to requests for required information, as they too may be affected by the shutdown. Although request forms are always sent to the federal employer and a claimant affidavit of wages to the federal employee, if ODJFS is unable to contact a federal employer, we will use the employee affidavit to obtain the needed information. In these cases, employees will need to ensure their affidavits are accompanied by supporting documents that show wage history.
  • Claims are usually processed within four (4) weeks, at which time allowed claims will be paid for eligible weeks that have been claimed. Federal employees should continue to file their weekly claims while their application is pending.
  • Claimants will receive a New Claim Instruction Sheet that advises them when to file weekly claims for benefit payments. Instructions may also be found at in the “Unemployed Workers” section under the tab, “Filing Your Weekly Claims.”
  • If individuals are paid Ohio UI benefits and later receive backpay for the same weeks, the UI weeks will be considered overpaid, and ODJFS will send a notice requiring repayment of the benefits.



November 6, 2018

OhioMeansJobs/Clermont to host Job Fair with Child Focus

BATAVIA, Ohio (NOv. 6, 2018) — OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County and Child Focus will host a Job Fair from 3-6 p.m. on  Thursday, Dec. 6, at Child Focus, 555 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, Training Room C, Cincinnati, OH 45244.

Representatives from local companies will be on-site to meet with job applicants, youth, their families and the public regarding job openings, which are primarily in manufacturing, warehouse, office, health care and retail. Part-time and full-time positions are available. Benefits may include flexible schedules, weekly pay, health care, retirement plans, bonus pay, tuition reimbursement and more.

Employers include Design Within Reach, Firestone, RDI Corp., Home Instead Senior Care, Express Employment Professionals, ChildCare Careers, OMNI Medical Transport, and Frontline National.

For more information, call OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County at 513.943.3737 or go to for more details. Remember to dress appropriately and bring your resumes — you may be shaking hands with your next employer!


September 10, 2018

OMJ Clermont to host business tax law seminar Oct. 4

BATAVIA, Ohio (Sept. 10, 2018) — OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County is hosting a free business tax law seminar from  11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce office, 4355 Ferguson Drive, Suite 150, Cincinnati, OH 45245.

What does a small business owner need to know? Are the new tax laws important to you and your business? Why is it important to have a business protection plan? Get answers to these and other questions at this free lunch and learn from Western & Southern.

Program hosts include Tara Manis and Gina Schenk, registered representatives with Western & Southern Life. Their goal is to help small business owners plan for the financial future of their businesses, themselves and their employees. Kate Goldsmith, JD, CLU,  advance markets consultant for Western & Southern Financial Group, will also offer insights.

Reserve your seat today for this event!  Call or email Business Services Representative Sherri Bowling, OhioMeansJobs/Clermont, at 513.943.3737 or


June 18, 2018

OhioMeansJobs/Clermont to move to new location

BATAVIA, Ohio – OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County will open at a new location at the Clermont County Family Support Center, 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, on Monday, July 2. Its last day at its current location at 756 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, behind Eastgate Mall, is Monday, June 25.

OhioMeansJobs/Clermont, which provides services to both job seekers and employers, will reinvest the money it will save in overhead costs, such as leasing the current location, toward services for its customers, said Ted Groman, Assistant Director, Clermont County Job & Family Services. It has been at the Batavia Pike location for 15 years.

During the move, staff members can still be reached through the general phone number, 513.943.3000.

OhioMeanJobs/Clermont’s partners will also be moving. These include Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health, Easter Seals Tristate, Vantage, Clermont County Probation, and Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.  Off-site partnerships include the University of Cincinnati-Clermont, Grant Vocational, Great Oaks, Adult Basic Literacy Education, the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown County, and the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce.

“We look forward to serving customers in our new location,” Groman said. OMJ’s hours will be 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Its office is on the 2nd floor.


April 17, 2018

OhioMeansJobs/Clermont to hold In-Demand Jobs Expo


BATAVIA, Ohio — OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County is hosting an In-Demand Jobs Expo from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at OhioMeansJobs, 756 Old State Route 74, Suite A, Cincinnati, OH 45245.

Representatives from local companies will be there to meet with job applicants, youth, their families, and the public regarding job openings and career paths in the manufacturing, medical and construction industries.

Opportunities will also include meeting with representatives from local schools and other partners to discuss various resources and training programs. Attendees can participate in activities that include manufacturing and construction-related simulators, and workshops that will include resume creation, critiquing, and other job-readiness skills.

Mercy Health, HealthSource of Ohio, American Micro, Ahresty and Triton Services, Inc. will be among the employers there.

The Jobs Expo takes place during a statewide celebration of in-demand jobs, industries and skills that are highly sought after in Ohio. More than 200 jobs in Ohio are considered “in-demand,” based on labor market information, job postings and regional and employer forecasts. To see a list of in-demand jobs in Ohio, visit and click on the orange “thumbs up” icon.

For more information, call OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County at 513.943.3000 or go to Remember to dress appropriately and bring your resumes — you may be shaking hands with your next employer.