Hundreds of people who lost jobs when freezing weather hit California in January 2007 line up to register for the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

1857, the 1870s, the 1890s, 1907, 1914, 1919, 1921: The United States faced widespread joblessness in all of these years, well before the Great Depression, not to mention today's Great Recession. As legislators in Washington prepare to debate another round of stimulus spending, and as unemployment reaches record highs, historian Daniel Amsterdam looks back at how the United States has tackled major spikes in unemployment throughout its history and how American efforts have compared with those of other countries.

State lawmakers have joined an aircraft maintenance company in southwest Ohio to announce the addition of more than 250 jobs.

A spokesman for Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday that the additional maintenance jobs at Airbourne Maintenance and Engineering Services were helped by about $14.6 million in state money. The funds were awarded to the Clinton County Port Authority, which has invested roughly $15.7 million in bringing the new employees to Airbourne Maintenance and keeping almost 400 workers from leaving Ohio.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A nationwide shortage of truck drivers has specialty schools in Ohio working to help trucking companies fill that need with newly-trained drivers.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports trucking organizations' estimates on the need for drivers over the next couple of years range from 100,000 to 500,000. Industry officials say the aging of the current driver population and increased trucking regulations are among the reasons for the tight market.

WEST CHESTER, Ohio - About 100 demonstrators protested outside the Cincinnati office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner - with some later going to a Columbus country club after hearing he might be there.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that on Tuesday the protesters stood outside the West Chester Township office chanting.

The newspaper reports that a woman kicked the office door, which was locked, but police made no arrests.

The Service Employees International Union says demonstrators want Boehner to focus on jobs for his district.

Governor John Kasich today is expected to announce the line-up of Ohio's new semi-private job creation panel.

JobsOhio will be charged with the economic growth role formerly played by the Ohio Department of Development. Proceeds from state liquor sales are being used as start-up money.

Spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle says a portion of the two-hour meeting will be devoted to Kasich appointing the board's nine members. Then the panel will get to work.

Kasich's jobs creation advisor Mark Kvamme is among those who could be named.

Two new companies are coming to Springfield, one is an insurance firm and the other sells gift items.  Between the two of them, hundreds of the jobs could be coming to Clark County.  That's why the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, along with the Workforce Development Center, is holding a job fair tomorrorw to connect job seekers with employers.

With an 8.9% unemployment rate, Springfield's lackluster economy has made it hard to fine a job. But the situation is changing thanks to the arrival of 31 Gifts and Code Blue, and the growth isn't limited to these companies.

A report released Wednesday shows staggering numbers of jobs lost in Ohio. According to the "Jobs and Earning Trends in Ohio Counties" report, Montgomery county and the Dayton/Springfield area were hit harder than other urban area in the state.

The report shows that Montgomery County has lost 41.5% of manufactuing jobs over the past seven years. Diane Shannon is an economist for the city of Dayton, and she says this isn't exactly new news.

Former Mazer Employees Look for Answers

Feb 4, 2009

It's been just over one month since employees at the textbook publishing and printing company Mazer Corporation received an email from management telling them not to come back to work the next day. Since then, each passing week has brought on more questions and frustration for the former employees who have yet to receive their final paycheck. What once was an established family business in Dayton for 40 years is now the source anger for the employees, who are waiting for the benefits owed to them.