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.
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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.
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.