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Ohio’s Jobless Rate Declines For Eleventh Straight Month

Ohio's unemployment went down a tenth of a percent in June,and employers added more than 18,000 new workers.
20, 2012

New figures released Friday show Ohio’s unemployment rate ticked dow for an 11th straight month in June.
The latest figures from the Department of Job and Family Services show a June jobless rate of 7.2 percent, that’s down from 7.3 percent in May.

Business Filings Up In Ohio

From January through June of last year, just under 44,000 new business filings were recorded statewide. Nearly 47,000 were filed during the same six-month period this year.
17, 2012

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office says about 47,000 new businesses opened in Ohio in the first six months of 2012. That’s an increase of about 3,000 compared to 2011.

Demand Rises At Central Ohio Food Pantries

Pantry Supply
Demand rises at local food pantries as supplies tighten.
November 28, 2011

Central Ohio food banks are preparing to serve more hungry people during the holiday season.

Will President Obama’s Jobs Plan Work?

Posted: September 12, 2011

President Obama tomorrow visits Columbus, trying to sell the jobs plan he unveiled last week. It calls for a mix of tax cuts, help for the unemployed and spending on road and bridge repairs. Will it help the economy?

Report Paints Dismal Jobs Picture for Ohio

4, 2011

A report being released Sunday says one in 10 Ohioans lost a job over the past decade and workers saw a higher drop in wages than any other state.

Weak Employment Situation – Who Do You Blame?

Posted: September 2, 2011

The August unemployment rate stands at 9.1%. The Labor Department says there was no net growth in jobs last month. Who do you blame for the weak jobs market? President Obama? Congress? Businesses?

Is Your Property Valuation Too High? Too Low? Just Right?

Posted: September 1, 2011

More than 300 Central Ohio property owners showed up yesterday to begin the process of contesting the Franklin County Auditor’s valuation of their homes. Most homes in Franklin County lost value, but 20% saw an increase. What do you think of your home’s valuation?

Lawmakers, Liberal Group Re-File JobsOhio Suit

Governor John Kasich meets with members of the JobsOhio
30, 2011

Two Democratic state lawmakers and a liberal policy group are re-filing a lawsuit against the private job-creation board JobsOhio. The suit challenges the law championed by Republican Gov. John Kasich creating an appointed, nine-member board to handle economic development deals.

Walmart – Friend or Foe?

Posted: August 24, 2011

Many say Walmart hurts communities by offering prices locally-owned stores cannot compete with. Others argue Walmart has given people a chance to save money. What do you think? Is Walmart good or bad for local communities?

Comment: Troubled Times – Nothing New

Ellis Island
Photos of immigrants at Ellis Island, New York. For many people immigrating into America in the 1800s and 1900s, Ellis Island was their first stop on U.S. soil.
22, 2011

The news has not been good lately. Headlines and newscasts are filled with stories of war, economic strife, political stalemates. WOSU commentator and local historian Ed Lentz reminds us. We’ve been there. And done that.