The Economy & Business

Jobs
10:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Ohio’s Unemployment Rate Dips To Lowest Point Since 2008, But Job Growth Lags Behind

The unemployment rate in Ohio dipped to 6.1 percent in March—the lowest it’s been since 2008. It’s down from 6.5 percent in February, and well below the national rate of 6.7 percent. But those percentages can be deceiving—March was also a slow month for job growth, and the labor force once again saw a downward tick month over month, with about 11,000 less people either working or looking for work in March than in February.

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Defense Industry
7:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

As Defense Budget Shrinks, Local Contracting Not All Doom And Gloom

Employees of General Atomics Aeronautical, the manufacturer of Predator and Reaper drones, talk in the company's new Beavercreek office.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Thursday is the second day of meetings at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for small businesses in the defense industry. The event is part of an effort on the part of the Air Force to work more with small contractors; base officials say it helps them stay efficient as the government cuts defense budgets.

Those cuts have been bad news for local industry, which provides the Air Force with everything from computer systems to research to airplane parts—but not all contractors are feeling the same pain.

Large contractors cash in

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Ohio Same-Sex Couples Will Still File Taxes Separately - For Now

Nicole Yorksmith (left) holds her son while standing with her partner, Pam Yorksmith. They were among four legally married couples who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking to compel Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates.
Credit Al Behrman / AP

A federal judge has ruled that Ohio will have to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, and there are lots of legal implications to recognizing these out-of-state marriages. The ruling concerns birth certificates for the children of four gay couples, but marriage law can also touch on adoption, health care, and, of course, taxes.

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Under Construction
6:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Plugging Dayton's Brain Drain: WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks To Laura Estandia

UpDayton holds yearly summits to plan new projects.
Credit Alex Grodkiewicz / UpDayton

Dayton’s got a problem with brain drain—young people get an education here, then leave to use those skills somewhere else. The organization UpDayton was created in part to combat that, and it’s now in its sixth year and holding a summit this Friday.

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The Economy & Business
4:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Daytonnati? Summit To Focus On Regional Cross-Marketing

The first Think Regional summit brings together leadership from 15 southwest Ohio counties.
Credit Think Regional

"Daytonnati" and "Cincidayton" don’t exactly roll off the tongue, but some local leaders are pushing the idea of looking at Cincinnati and Dayton as one contiguous region. A group will gather Thursday for the first Think Regional summit to talk about regional strategies for business development.

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