The Economy & Business

The Economy & Business
1:49 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Unemployment Averages Gloss Over Differences In The Dayton Area

A chart of the average unemployment rates for the greater Dayton metropolitan statistical area, 2002-2013 reveals long-term trends, but not necessarily the reality on the ground.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

State-level unemployment numbers from December are due out Friday morning. In the last report, Ohio’s unemployment rate was hovering above the national average—but averages can be deceiving.

The unemployment rate in November for the greater Dayton area was 7.5 percent, about the same as the state’s 7.4 percent rate and above the national rate, which was 7.0 in November and 6.3 in December 2013.

But in Trotwood, a west Dayton suburb, that number was 9.5 percent, while in Beavercreek, the rate was just 6.2, numbers that say a lot about disparities in the local economy.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

The Civil Rights Act And Economic Inequality: WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Looks Back With Jessie O. Gooding

Jessie O. Gooding in his home in Jefferson Township.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed race and sex discrimination in employment and public facilities.

And a lot of people are asking: what has changed?

“Dayton has changed tremendously as far as where we were,” says Jessie O. Gooding of Jefferson Township. “We haven’t achieved the total goal.”

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The Economy & Business
11:31 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Dayton Leaders Push For Greener Business Practices

Credit Logo / Dayton Regional Green

The City of Dayton and Montgomery County moved this week to sign resolutions to make the region more “green” in the coming years. Leaders are encouraging businesses to take on basic environmental practices, and asking individuals to do more recycling and energy conservation.

The city and county’s goals for the Dayton Regional Green Initiative include certifying 1,500 companies as “green,” and planting 100,000 trees by 2016. They also want 25 percent of the region’s waste to be recycled.

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Winter Weather
3:18 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Road Salt Shortage Puts Miami Valley On Thin Ice

Dayton-Yellow Springs Road coated in snow in December 2013.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

 

As new rounds of rough weather hit the Dayton area this week, cities and towns are facing a fresh problem: salt shortages. Road salt is in short supply in the Miami Valley after a harsh winter that started early and has brought multiple heavy storms.

“We’re getting deliveries but we’re getting slow deliveries,” said Fred Stovall, head of the public works department for the city of Dayton. The city ordered 5,200 tons of salt in early January, less than a third of which has arrived. 

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Retail
6:34 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Trotwood Residents Petition To Keep Target Open

The Trotwood Target is set to close on May 3, 2014.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

A citizens’ group has gathered 1,700 signatures on a petition asking the Target store in Trotwood not to close. Target recently announced that its Trotwood and Middletown stores in the Dayton area are set to shut down May 3.

Trotwood city council member Bruce Kettelle compared the news from Target to a break-up.

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