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.
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.
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.
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.