Ohio Means Jobs/Licking County, located at 998 East Main St. (Photo: Submitted photo.)

NEWARK – Western Licking County companies in need of workers and Newark residents without jobs remain disconnected despite record low unemployment.

The barrier has always been transportation. The unemployed, the underemployed and those not even looking for work can’t even consider jobs in New Albany, Etna or Pataskala. And jobs in Heath or Hebron may also be out of reach for people in Newark without a vehicle.

Ohio Means Jobs Licking County and Empowerbus, a Columbus company serving central Ohio, hope to connect the disconnected with vans paid for primarily by employers desperate to find workers.

Angela Carnahan, workforce administrator at Ohio Means Jobs Licking County, said,

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