COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Unemployment is holding steady in Ohio following three straight months of rising joblessness.
The state's Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that Ohio's unemployment rate stood at 9.1 percent in September, unchanged from August.
The national jobless rate for September also held at 9.1 percent during the last two months. State officials say the number of workers unemployed in Ohio during September was 534,000, down from 536,000 in August.
Opponents of Ohio's new union law are touting a report that shows collective bargaining negotiations have saved taxpayers more than $1 billion since 2008.
Protecting Ohio Protectors - a group representing firefighters and police officers - shared the report Tuesday at multiple news conferences around the state. Voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether the law limiting collective bargaining for public employees should be tossed out.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A newly released study says the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway maritime industry supports 227,000 jobs and generates billions of dollars in wages, tax revenue and purchases.
The industry-funded analysis released Tuesday describes shipping in the region as essential to the economy.
Collister Johnson of the U.S. St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. says the industry provides waterfront jobs like piloting vessels and working at terminals. But it also supports steelworkers, miners, grain farmers and construction workers.