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Businesses, Workers Fear They’ll Pay State’s Unemployment Debt

In 2013, Ohio employers started paying more in federal unemployment taxes because the state still owes a huge debt to the feds.
July 18, 2014

The recession may be over, but the state of Ohio still owes the federal government $1.4 billion for the money it borrowed to pay jobless benefits to unemployed Ohioans. That debt is looming large over Ohio employers, and could affect people who might get jobless benefits in the future.

Ohio Gets B+ For Manufacturing

Honda Marysville
One of Ohio’s biggest challenges is retaining an educated workforce – what economists call human capital. Hicks says part of the brain drain problem is attracting today’s workers to Ohio’s aging urban centers.
23, 2014

Ohio gets an above-average grade in a study that grades the health of each state’s manufacturing industry by looking at the tax climate, productivity, and other factors.

Central Ohio Fares Well In Local Unemployment Report

As a whole, Ohio's unemployment rate remains well below the national rate.
May 20, 2014

Unemployment fell in every Ohio county last month, and Central Ohio fared especially well.

U.S. Unemployment Drops To 6.3 Percent, Lowest In 5 Years

The federal jobs report released Friday morning says the U.S. gained 288,000 jobs in February.
May 2, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000 in April. In a separate survey, the unemployment rate dipped by 0.4 percent.

Unemployment Falls As Ohio Added 16,700 Jobs In January

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that the state added 16,7000 jobs in January.
March 7, 2014

Ohio officials say the state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in January to 6.9 percent.

Ohio Unemployment Down, But State Lost 12,000 Jobs In November

Despite the drop, the November rate was still well above the seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 6.8 percent in November of last year.
December 20, 2013

The state says Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in November to 7.4 percent, down slightly from the October rate of 7.5 percent.

Budget Deal Won’t Extend Unemployment for 40,000 Ohioans

As it stands, about 1.3 million people across the country could get cut off at the end of the month.
December 12, 2013

Congress is on its way to a budget deal a couple weeks ahead of the January 1 deadline. But the deal doesn’t include extending emergency unemployment benefits. That means 40,000 Ohioans could see their payments end this month.

Ohio Unemployment Rate Unchanged In July

Ohio's unemployment rate remained unchanged from June to July, although employers added about 5,300 jobs.
August 16, 2013

The state says Ohio’s unemployment rate held steady in July at 7.2 percent, matching what it was a year ago and remaining slightly higher than earlier in 2013.

State “Rebranding” Unemployment Centers, Adding Web Requirements

The new effort requires the state’s county unemployment centers to be branded under a single identity.
August 13, 2013

The state is changing the signs on its unemployment centers and adding a new Web requirement for Ohioans who are out of work.

Central Ohio Jobs Figures Record-Setting

5, 2013

Columbus economist Bill Lafayette says Central Ohio is doing well recovering from the Recession. LaFayette says 919,000 people were working in Central Ohio last month.