Foreclosures during the Great Recession added to thousands of blighted properties in Columbus. But, a state program helped fund demolition of many of those houses and apartment units.
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.
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.