COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Democrats are taking aim at the state's website created to match out of work Ohioans with a job.
OhioMeansJobs.com is run by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It's powered through a partnership with Monster.com, a national employment search engine.
Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Jerid Kurtz points out that the website acutally lists more jobs from Pennsylvania and New York than it does Ohio.
"It's a great idea to try and provide opportunity for Ohioans that are out of work and trying to find employment, but this employment is overhwlemingly weighted in states that aren't Ohio," he said.
Earlier this month Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that requires anyone in the state seeking unemployment benefits to register with the website.
The website was actually started under the Gov. Ted Strickland administration.
"It was launched in 2008 and has always allowed people to look for jobs outside of Ohio and there's a reason for that," said Ben Johnson, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
He says they are in the business of finding jobs for people who want to work.
"There's no reason we would hide a job in Covington, Kentucky from an out of work Ohioan in Cincinnati, Ohio and that's true all along Ohio's border," he said.
Kurtz says the state and Kasich administration should be doing more to make sure more Ohio jobs are available.
"The governor inherited a recovery and that recovery, under his policies and his leadership, has slowed," he said citing a study from the Pew Charitable Trusts showing Ohio was ranked 47th in the nation for a year-over-year rate of increase in jobs.
Johnson notes that while job seekers can find jobs in other states the website also helps Ohio businesses search for potential employees in other states as well.
"What we're focused on is connecting people looking to work with businesses wanting to hire," he said.
Johnson also made clear that the site is in no way affiliated with Ohio's semi-private economic development agency JobsOhio.