The head of the Ohio Hispanic Coalition says Columbus has a large stake in potential changes to immigration law. Joseph Mas says the city has a larger undocumented population than other Ohio cities.
Congress is on its way to a budget deal a couple weeks ahead of the January 1 deadline. But the deal doesnâ€™t include extending emergency unemployment benefits. That means 40,000 Ohioans could see their payments end this month.
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.
The state is changing the signs on its unemployment centers and adding a new Web requirement for Ohioans who are out of work.
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.
Ohioâ€™s jobless rate remained unchanged from April to May, but state labor officials are still painting it as a positive report.
The latest local unemployment data shows the Columbus region had an April jobless rate one percent below the statewide average.
Ohio employers added some 7,600 jobs last month as 7,000 people left the stateâ€™s unemployment rolls.
The Ohio workforce decreased by more than 20,000 jobs in March and about 1,000 people joined the ranks of the unemployed.
Just 88,000 jobs were added to private and public payrolls in March. The jobless rate still edged down to 7.6 percent â€” but only because nearly half a million fewer people were in the labor force.
Ohio’s unemployment rose to 7 percent in January, the first jump in unemployment since last summer and the sharpest one-month rise in Ohio joblessness since May of 2009.