Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Richard Vedder, the author of a new study advocating that Ohio become a "right to work" state. Next year Ohioans could vote on whether employers can require their workers to join a union to get and keep their jobs.
General Electric's aviation unit plans to open a plant in Dayton next year. The Dayton Daily News reports that two other plants in Mississippi and Alabama will be open next year, which will create over 400 new jobs at all three locations.
The company says it's part of a $580 million investment in its aviation business over the next five years. GE also says it will hire 12,000 new workers over the next several years, including 5,00 veterans, as part of its expansion.
The Kings Island amusement and waterpark outside Cincinnati says it plans to hire 4,000 workers to fill seasonal positions. The park says it is accepting applications online for the 2012 season that starts April 28.
Open positions are in various areas, including admissions, entertainment, food and beverage, lifeguards, rides and security.
Applications are open to those 15 and older. The park is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.
A new mobile application from the state of Ohio allows jobseekers to search and apply for jobs using an iPhone, iPad or Android.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced the free OhioMeansJobs app on Monday, saying it allows users to search tens of thousands of job openings and internships using a job title, keyword or location.
The app combines state of Ohio data with search and filter tools from Monster.
Ohio's minimum wage is set to increase 30 cents to $7.70 per hour on Jan.1.
The increase is part of a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2006, which says minimum wage will increase each year at the rate of inflation. The liberal think tank Policy Matters Ohio says data shows an estimated 347,000 workers will receive wage increases.
The $7.70 rate applies to workers 16 and older who don't get tips. The wage for tipped employees will be $3.85, up 15 cents, but their total pay cannot be less than $7.70 hourly.