Your connection to Knox County's labor force begins here!

OhioMeansJobs Knox County provides local businesses with resources to assist with hiring, training, and retention. Our Business Services Specialist is on-hand to answer questions and assist you with the services listed below. Because we are publicly funded, there is no direct cost for the services we provide to employers and job seekers.  

OhioMeansJobs.com is an employment site for Ohio-based companies, equipping them with the tools to attract and hire their workforce. Self-service options are available to employers 24 hours a day.  The site allows employers to post jobs, search resumes, take advantage of federal, state and local employment programs, and more. Sign up online HERE (you will need your FEIN and State Tax Withholding Number to enroll).

If you would prefer, our staff is happy to post open positions on your behalf. Click HERE for the job posting form.  Jobs posted by OMJ staff may be advertised in our Jobs Resource Room, on our outdoor digital board, and on our social media platforms unless you decline this service on your submission.

Our staff will assist your company in recruitment efforts to fill your open positions. We will market your open positions, accept applications and resumes on your behalf, screen candidates based on your criteria, and administer any skills assessments you deem necessary. We can be involved in your recruitment and hiring process as much, or as little, as you choose. Our Business Serivces Specialist will work closely with you to formulate a plan to meet your needs. 

We will advertise, promote, and host hiring events for Knox County employers. We have meeting rooms available to employers to use for job fairs, scheduled or open interviews, staff training, or off-site meetings. Our event center is outfitted with the most updated technology including a Clear Touch Interactive display with state-of-the art software to meet your event needs.  Call our office at 740-392-WORK to make a reservation or submit a request below and a staff member will contact you. 

OhioMeansJobs Knox County acquired cutting edge career technology in the form of virtual reality equipment. Our equipment hosts software for over 200 occupations across every industry. This equipment is utilized by job seekers to explore different career pathways and gain needed technical skills. This software technology also includes the ability for your workforce to practice the skills you need your workers to learn and/or improve. There are competency levels built into the software package to measure the skill level of the equipment user.

If you are interested in learning more about how this futuristic technology could assist your business with employee training, use the form submission below to contact us to schedule a demonstration and discuss your specific needs.


On-the-Job Training is a federally funded program that helps employers hire and train workers for full-time, long-term employment.
Participation in this program is simple!
1. You Hire – Select your own *candidates.
2. You Train – Training is tailored to your specific business needs and not limited to certain job types.
3. We Pay – Wage reimbursement up to 50% of training wages for up to 6 months (up to $12,000 per employee).
*Trainees must meet certain eligiblity requirements. Click HERE for more information and OJT employer information forms and agreement.
Incumbent Worker Training supports training projects that will benefit employers and industries by assisting the skills development of existing employees that have been with their respective company for six months or more. The training is expected to lead to the creation of new jobs, retention of jobs, increased wages for better-trained workers, a higher-skilled workforce, and a more profitable business climate. You select the trainer and we reimbuse a percentage of your training expenses. Click HERE for more information and the application.
Our Youth Paid Work Experience Program serves Knox County *youth ages 16-24. This program functions like an internship. During the work experience, OhioMeansJobs Knox County covers 100% of wages and employment expenses, including Workers’ Compensation expenses. Additionally, the program provides supportive services to the youth participant to ensure a successful experience.
Click HERE to learn more and to become an employer partner.
*Eligbility applies

TechCred is a state program delivered by the Office of Workforce Transformation. It helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a technology-infused economy. Many of the trainings can be completed online. The technology-focused credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need.

2024 Application Periods:

    • January 2 – 31
    • March 1 – 29
    • May 1 – 31
    • July 1 – 31
    • September 2 -30
    • November 1 – 29


Credentials must be industry-recognized, technology-focused, short-term, and responsible. Reimbursements available for up to $2,000 per credential. Employers are eligible to receive up to $30,000 per funding round.

Learn more and apply at techcred.ohio.gov.


TechCred can be combined with Incumbent Worker Training to maximize employer reimbursement. Our Business Service Specialist can help you coordinate use of both programs simultaneously.

Did you know that Ohio has 1,100 Registered Apprenticeship programs in fields as diverse as construction, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and utilities? Registered Apprenticeship programs teach high-level skills for today’s workplace. Each program includes a minimum of 2,000 hours of structured on-the-job training and 144 hours per year of related technical instruction. 

With Apprenticeships, you can:

  • Grow your own workforce
  • Improve productivity and save money
  • Teach apprentices your company values
  • Train workers the way your company wants them trained
  • Reduce turnover costs and increase employee retention
  • Potentially receive federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds
  • Potentially receive the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)


To become a Registered Apprenticeship program, a company must have a sponsor. OhioMeansJobs Knox County can assist Knox county employers with sponsorship through our workforce board, the Greater Ohio Workforce Board Inc. (GOWBI). GOWBI is a Registered Apprenticeship sponsor.  

Have you considered creating a Registered Apprenticeship program within your company? We can help you get started and work with you every step of the way! Click HERE for timeline information to build a successful Registered Apprenticeship program. To get started, contact us today at 740-392-WORK or submit the form below and a Business Services Specialist will be in touch!


What is a Pre-Apprenticeship program?

Pre-Apprenticeship programs teach basic technical and job-readiness skills to help prepare participants for formal apprenticship programs. High school students who complete an ApprenticeOhio-recognized pre-apprenticeship program are eligible for up to 12 points towards their high school graduation requirements. 

Pre-Apprenticeship curricula for in-school youth are developed in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education. Pre-apprenticeship curricula for out-of-school youth and adults are developed in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education and/or the University System of Ohio.


It is important to remember that a company MUST have a Registered Apprenticeship program BEFORE they can expand to a Pre-Apprenticeship program. 

At OhioMeansJobs Knox County we understand the cost of staff turnover is a concern for our local businesses. Our Business Services Specialist will work with your company to formulate a strategy to reduce attrition by improving workplace culture and/or assisting your employees with challenges through partner referrals and available supportive services. To learn more, contact us today at 740-392-WORK or submit the form below to schedule a consultation.

We want our local employers to take advantage of all the tax credits and deductions available to you. To learn more about federal credits and deductions, visit the IRS website HERE.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is available to employers for hiring someone under one or more of the designated target groups inlcuding:

  • Unemployed Veterans (including disabled veterans)
  • Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Designated Community Residents (living in Empowerment Zones or Rural Renewal Counties). Click HERE for Empowerment Zones information.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation referred individuals
  • Restored Citizens (ex-offenders)
  • Supplemental Security Income Recipients (SSI)
  • Summer Youth Employees (living in Empowerment Zones)
  • Long-term unemployed

To learn more about the WOTC tax credits and how to apply click HERE.

Research data and industry-specific labor market information can be found on the Ohio Labor Market Information website.  Click HERE to visit the LMI website.

If you are looking for specific wage or other labor market information that is not available on LMI, contact our Business Services Specialist at 740-392-WORK and we will be happy to assist you. If the labor market data you are seeking is available, we can access it through the private labor market data source, Lightcast (fna EMSI).

Our staff can assist your workers affected by layoffs and/or business closures. Our services include:

  • Job searching, resume development, interview preparation, networking skills, and possibly assist with funding for occupational skills training.
  • Referrals to employers for open positions which match their skillset.
  • Provide career guidance, skills assessments, and career interest assessments.
  • Coordination of service delivery to employees.

Click HERE to learn more or contact us at 740-392-WORK to connect with a Business Services Specialist.

If your company has struggled to maintain a full staffing level, you are not alone. Over the past few years many employers have experienced a labor force shortage. These challenges have not been isolated to our local area, but have affected communities nationwide.

Did you know there are thousands of individuals in Knox County that are currently out of the workforce due to their individual and specific needs? We believe with the right resources, businesses can identify new workforce pipelines that will help their company grow and support unique groups in the community.

Through the Non-Traditional Workforce committee of the Workforce Development Alliance, OhioMeansJobs Knox County staff has collaborated with community partners and employers to help find solutions to this wide spread challenge by tapping into populations they have not historically considered.

Use the hyperlinks below to learn more about the potential and the benefits of tapping into these sources of talent:

Justice-involved individuals aka Restored Citizens

Retirees Re-entering the Workforce

Stay-at-Home Parents

Workers in Substance Recovery

Workers in Physical or Mental Health Recovery or Job Seekers with Disabilities

Youth Workers


In 2021-2022, OhioMeansJobs collaborated with members from the Workforce Development Alliance and contracted with the professional consulting firm to perform a Workforce Needs Assessment study. This project focused solely on the workforce shortage in Knox County. The final report was delivered to the community in May of 2022 and identified 5 areas that need improvement to strengthen to workforce pool locally.

As a result of that study,  workforce committees have been formed to work on the challenges identified.  You can view the full report HERE.

If you are interested in serving on a committee, contact us today to get connected!

Submit the form below to connect with a Business Services Specialist


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