The Ohio GOP has been talking a lot about how many unfilled positions there are on Ohio Means Jobs (70,000! 100,000! Large numbers to impress quantitatively-challenged Ohio journalists!) and I’m betting it’s a matter of time before Nichols starts adding “jobs listed on OMJ” to “private sector jobs that began during Kasich’s term”.

This rhetoric is just “Kasich bein’ Kasich”. It’s not an argument why the unemployed should vote for him, it’s why those who care about the unemployed should vote for him. Similarly, rhetoric that “women don’t care about birth control” is why men who care about women should vote for him; talking up the Christian virtues of Medicaid (while failing to expand Medicaid) is an argument why people who care about working families should support him.

Kasich info

Who cares if Ohio’s unemployment rate is increasing again? It’s the fault of the unemployed for spending all their time getting abortions instead of finding awesome jobs at! That’s why Republicans are requiring people to create OMJ accounts in order to get the unemployment benefits they funded while they were working.

What is Ohio Means Jobs?

It’s I don’t know why I’m being made to set up an OMJ account when I already have a Monster account, but whatever.

What I don’t understand is why these “Free Market-Small Government-We Don’t Pick Winners” folks are creating a mandatory state-run jobs website that is outsourced to a private company.

What’s also great is that Monster withheld some features on their search engine, meaning that Ohio Means Jobs is an inferior jobs website… because government doesn’t work?

It bears mentioning that the Obamacare exchange is virtually identical to Ohio Means Jobs. It’s a government-run aggregator website that lists privately-offered goods. It’s just that the exchange will have strong quality control and offer a number of unique features, while OMJ offers us… well, let’s apply for some jobs and see what it’s like.

Let’s use Ohio Means Jobs.

There are 117,637 job listing in the state. Wow, that’s a lot–we’re in some kind of economic miracle!

Actually, that’s way too many for me to actually look through. So, we’ll narrow to within 10 miles of Cincinnati, getting us 16,347 listings. I’m still told that there are 117,637 jobs total! If I can’t find one, it’s clearly my own fault.

Now, I want a full-time job, so I’ll narrow to… oh, I can’t do that? Great. I suppose I’ll just guess. I’ll narrow to “Bachelor’s Degree” to get me 5289 listings.

That’s still too many, so I’ll narrow to a salary range and get a manageable 559. The third one is “Math Tutor Once a Week for an Hour”, which tells me that this search will also include listings with no salary information.

Maybe I should search for “communication”. This gives me 311 jobs, such as “Polymer Chemist” and “Financial Administrator”. I do see a job that looks interesting, so I click on it and decide to apply. Easy!

No, wait. It takes me to the company’s internal Taleo site and I have to create an entirely new registration.

Two more jobs that are interesting; they both take me to the company’s website, which requires me to provide confidential information while applying. Note that OMJ required my SSN, which seems like a pointlessly gigantic security risk.

And, since I saw all of these positions on earlier today, this will probably be the end of my OMJ experience.

What about the handy emails?
As with any other job website, OMJ sends me daily emails with job listings. These are usually 1) pyramid schemes and 2) old positions for which the listing is no longer active.

So Ohio Means Jobs is bad?

No, it just seems useless. I already have a Monster account, and OMJ does less than Monster. It does much, much less than sites like Bright or Idealist.

The government should be doing things that are aided by its monopsony power and hindered by profit motive: managing health care risk, providing transportation, law enforcement, educating people.

It’s almost like Republicans have run out of “wasteful, mismanaged government programs” to complain about, so they’re forced to start their own pointless government program and then mismanage it.

And, just like the insurance exchange, mandating use of a website is pretty problematic considering a large portion of the population doesn’t have home internet access.