For the hungry in some Columbus neighborhoods, emergency food supplies will be only a text away. The city will spend $135,000 to help to create a mobile scheduling program for selected food pantries.
Ohio reports the nation’s largest decline in new applications for unemployment benefits, while the number of claims nationwide is mostly unchanged.
The impact of the economic decline on auto industry jobs in Ohio is well documented, but the slowdown is taking even more jobs in the trucking industry.
Facing double-digit declines in passenger and cargo traffic, airport officials are cutting costs at Port Columbus and Rickenbacker.
Between 2001 and 2003, records were set for housing starts in Central Ohio. But now the number of housing permits is declining, and quite drastically. And a local expert says spec homes built during the recent housing boon are partly to blame.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman wants to spend 750-thousand dollars next year to fund another police strike force. This year the city spent half a million dollars to deploy officers in targeted areas to combat violent crime. While Mayor Coleman declares the strike force successful, crime figures are inconclusive.