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Numbers show Clark County has seen job growth in 2016, but it's unclear whether this positive economic outlook may be impacted by the city of Springfield’s ongoing budget troubles.

 

Recent Clark County investments include development at the Prime Ohio Industrial Park and Wall Street brokerage firm EF Hutton’s decision to relocate its global headquarters to downtown Springfield.

 

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At 4.8% for July, the Ohio unemployment rate is firmly in pre-recession territory, and the state is on a job-gaining trend. But that doesn’t give the full picture of how things are for working Ohioans, says the state’s leading labor policy issues think tank.

A credit card servicing company expects to add nearly 200 jobs this year at its growing new operation in southwest Ohio.

U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor were in Hamilton on Monday to tour Barclaycard operations.

Barclaycard officials say the international credit card serving company's staffing levels in Hamilton are up to 64 and should reach 250 by the end of the year.

The company opened a new call center on Feb. 22 and promised to create about 1,500 new jobs in coming years.

Ohio's privatized economic-development agency says in its annual report that it's created a record 23,602 jobs last year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that JobsOhio also attracted $6.7 billion in corporate investment last year, increasing the agency's percentage of both jobs landed and investments made by approximately 10 percent compared to 2014.

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GE Aviation is cutting 238 engineering jobs in southwestern Ohio and 69 at other U.S. sites as it trims more than 7 percent of its engineering workforce.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio saw more job openings during a 30-day period this fall that at any time since it began tracking those numbers in 2011.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that statewide there were 240,000 job openings posted between mid-October and mid-November. Nearly 50,000 were in central Ohio and more than 40 percent offered annual pay of $50,000 or more.

The biggest demand was for truck drivers, followed by registered nurses, retail workers and customer-service representatives.

Norm and Betty Jo Anderson have lived in Piketon since the mid-1950s, when Norm, aka "Hard Head," started working at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
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UPDATE: As of Thursday, Dec. 17, it appears likely that Congress will fully fund the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant cleanup for FY2016. A spokesperson for the main contractor at the plant says it's too soon to be sure, but layoffs appear unlikely.

Norm and Betty Jo Anderson have lived in Piketon, Ohio, a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills, since the 1950s.

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The crowd that gathered in the committee hearing room, the overflow room and Statehouse hallways was reminiscent of Senate Bill 5, the law aimed at public sector unions. Ohio voters overturned it back in 2011.  The bill Republican Representative Tom Brinkman is sponsoring would prohibit requiring employees of private companies pay union dues. Brinkman said the so-called "Right to Work" legislation is needed because the Buckeye State is losing private sector jobs to other states that have it.

 

Petition Fails To Save Springfield's Target Store

Nov 20, 2015
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The Target Store in Springfield is closed, and a petition to keep the store open has been rejected.

The petition had a goal of 5,000 signatures, but only 3,089 had signed it by Thursday afternoon. A Target spokeswoman issued a statement later in the day saying the company respects its "loyal and dedicated customers," but had to close several stores in Ohio as part of a restructuring plan. A Target in Trotwood closed last year despite similar protests.

Clark County resident Karen Sloane was hoping this petition would have an effect.

Proposal Shortens Maximum Length for Receiving Unemployment Benefits

Nov 13, 2015

The state still owes the federal government more than $775 million that it borrowed to pay unemployment benefits during the recession. Republican Representative Barbara Sears of the Toledo area has proposed some big changes to the state’s unemployment compensation program. That includes cutting off jobless benefits after 12 weeks instead of the current maximum of 26 weeks.

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