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Ohio Agency Combines Offices To Save $2-Million Annually

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says it has too much vacant office space around the state. 13 offices, including one in Columbus, will be consolidated. But, spokesman Ben Johnson says none of the 3,200 department jobs will be lost. "This office consolidation plan minimizes our real estate footprint and the $2-million dollar savings each year will allow us to maintain staff." Says Johnson. Johnson adds the staff involved in the moves mostly processes unemployment compensation claims. Johnson says the effected staff has no direct contact with the public. "The staff that are involved in the move primarily process unemployment compensation claims. That work is all done online or over the phone. And, none of the offices that we're closing or moving does any in-person business." Johnson says. The department's director says that while moving to new locations might present challenges for some employees. Michael Colbert says the consolidation maintains the agency's statewide presence without affecting services to individuals or businesses. Offices in Bridgeport, Canton, Dayton and Tiffin are among those with staff that will be sent elsewhere. ----- This article contains some Associated Press content.