Carol Smith has been out of work for two years, Donna Shireman, one year, Bill Howe and Mark Keil since the first of the year.
These four have different backgrounds, but they have at least one thing in common: they have placed Job Wanted ads in The Press classifieds.
Carol has been out of work for two years. She left her job in the midst of a divorce when her husband died of a massive heart attack.
She lives in Cleveland, but her roots and family are in Woodville. She is looking to return home.
Carol is a software trainer. She worked seven years in Cuyahoga County as an information technologist for a firm with 550 employees. She has a degree from Heidelberg College, a certificate in computer software for business from Akron University and is working on a certificate for organizational development at Baldwin-Wallace.
Carol can learn proprietary systems and train others. She says, “If I can get a job, I’ll be back up and running and kicking butt.”
Donna Shireman, a 1995 graduate of Gibsonburg High School, who lives in Bettsville with her husband and daughter, 2, has been unemployed one year. She was laid off from a Tiffin survey and engineering firm which services the construction industry. She had been there 10 years.
Donna is a CAD operator. She is looking for full-time work with an architectural, engineering or surveying firm. She has submitted more than 100 applications with no luck. She has also been looking for work in the retail field but, as she says, “It’s been so slow. There hasn’t been anything.”
She would like to stay within 50 miles of Bettsville.
Bill Howe, 45, of East Toledo says, “I’ve never had this kind of problem getting a job before.”
Bill last worked at a recycling company and spent 20 years driving truck and heavy equipment for a swimming pool construction company. He has a CDL license and is seeking work as a local or overnight truck driver. He spends a portion of each day at the Birmingham Library filling out on-line applications and posting his resume on Monster.com and similar sites, but to no avail. “It seems like a dead-end lately,” he says.
Mark Keil is a social worker. He has been unemployed since Christmas. He has a degree in social work from the University of Toledo and a Masters of Divinity. His wife is a switchboard operator. The couple lives in Northwood with three of their four children.
Mark spends some of his days at the Toledo-Lucas County Library filling out on-line applications and searching job boards. He has had four interviews in the last four months but is still looking. “There are openings out there,” he said. “I’m pursuing those.”
Mark wants to stay in the Toledo area as his daughter graduates from Lake High School next year. He is looking to stay in the social services field, ideally with an organization with a Christian ministry.
Mark is also trying to turn a hobby into a small business. He does genealogy research for those seeking to build their family tree. Mark researched his own family in the 1980s and has helped others do the same. He hopes turning this passion into an income-producing side business will help him weather this recession.
These are just four faces among the 578,000 unemployed Ohioans, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. They are among the 31 who placed Job Wanted ads with The Press in April. The Press is again offering free Job Wanted ads for May. See the category in classifieds for details.
While manufacturing has experienced the largest increase in unemployment in the past 12 months, professional and business services led the way in March. All sectors have lost jobs, except mining, logging and educational and health services.
Ohio’s unemployment rate is 9.7, compared to 6.1 percent last March. All four local counties are above the state average rate. Ottawa leads the way at 16.3, which ranks it second next to Huron County at 17.5. Sandusky is at 12.6, Lucas at 11.8 and Wood at 11.0.