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Demonstration For Minimum Wage Comes To Dayton

Dec 5, 2013
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Protests demanding a raise in the minimum wage have been spreading across the country, and the movement made its way to Dayton for the first time. On Thursday, union-backed groups reported events in over 100 cities; some involved worker walk-outs, but many were protests or demonstrations in front of fast food and retail outlets.

Outside the McDonald’s in downtown Dayton around lunchtime, a small crowd gathered near the road, rallying drivers to honk in support. The protesters’ complaint: Ohio’s minimum wage of $7.85 isn’t enough to actually live on.

Twin Towers in Dayton. St. Mary's Church, in the background, is central to the neighborhood's history. east side east end
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The Twin Towers neighborhood in Dayton was established more than a hundred years ago, and it’s been through a lot. Recently 84 new houses opened in the area for low-income families through a public-private partnership organized by East End Community Services. But what does this mean for a neighborhood trying to turn itself around?

 

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The State of Ohio and insurance industry advocates have launched an effort to urge veterans, students, and people changing careers to seek out insurance jobs. As baby-boomer employees begin to retire in droves, Ohio insurance companies expect to have 17,000 job openings in the next five years in all areas from claims to government relations.

Dayton-Area Unemployment Is Up From Fall 2012

Nov 26, 2013
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Blame it on the government shutdown: we missed a month of job reports this fall. But during that time, frankly not much happened. Unemployment in the greater Dayton area ticked up from 7.3 percent in August to 7.5 percent in October, with the number of jobs hovering around the October total of 369,600.

Dayton Holiday Sales Forecast Gloomy

Nov 25, 2013
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The holiday shopping forecast for the state of Ohio is better than last year’s, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, but the Dayton-area forecast is the worst in the state.

This holiday season Ohio retailers are looking at a 3.5 percent increase in sales compared to 2012. That estimate, produced by the Economics Center for the Ohio retail group “Focus On Ohio’s Future,” lags behind the national forecast of 3.9 percent. And it lags behind the same estimate last year, when Ohio retailers predicted a 4.2 percent increase from 2011.

This week at WYSO we’ve been talking about the future of manufacturing. A lot of area manufacturers say the business is growing, but they need better-trained young people to carry the torch. They aren’t the only employers struggling to fill job openings, despite high unemployment in the region. So why are so many young people falling through the cracks?

Dayton-Area Manufacturers Have An Image Problem

Nov 19, 2013
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From 2000 to 2009, manufacturing jobs in the greater Dayton area were cut in half as businesses consolidated, closed, or went overseas.

“Everything really just kinda died for us,” says Steve Staub, the head of Staub Manufacturing Solutions.

Jobs drained out of the region, around 40,000 in total, and just a few thousand have been added since 2010—not exactly a roaring comeback. But now the remaining workforce is aging, and area manufacturers are having a hard time finding young, educated workers to fill positions doing increasingly high-tech work.

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Montgomery County will hold a forum on workforce development Tuesday from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Sinclair Community College. Area employers and educators will discuss the need for a “talent pipeline” to address a perceived gap between workforce training for young people and available jobs in a changing market.

Local officials want talented young people to be channeled from school, to internships and apprenticeships, to jobs and careers.

Katie McNeil with Miami Machine Corporation is one of many employers who see a growing skills gap as older workers retire.

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In recent months, three national retailers have recently announced they’re coming to the Miami Valley: Whole Foods, Costco and H&M.

Bob Evans Farms says it is growing its business operations in Clark and Greene Counties. The company is looking at a possible expansion in Xenia and further developing its partnership with Springfield's Global Impact STEM Academy. But that comes after an announcement earlier this year that Bob Evans sold its Springfield sausage plant to a Texas company, cutting 52 jobs in Springfield

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