Former President Bill Clinton is endorsing former Ohio governor Ted Strickland’s U.S. Senate bid.
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 an above-average grade in a study that grades the health of each stateâ€™s manufacturing industry by looking at the tax climate, productivity, and other factors.
Unemployment fell in every Ohio county last month, and Central Ohio fared especially well.
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.
Ohio officials say the state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in January to 6.9 percent.
The state says Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in November to 7.4 percent, down slightly from the October rate of 7.5 percent.
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.