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The state is changing the signs on its unemployment centers and putting in a new requirement for Ohioans who are out of work – that number is now at 413,000.

The new effort requires the state’s county unemployment centers to be branded under a single identity. Dave Reines is the executive director of Employment Connections, which will soon become Ohio Means Jobs Cuyahoga County.

“It seems to me that the, there’s some benefit to have some consistency across the state,” says Reines.

The southwestern Ohio community of Wilmington is a little closer to recovering the thousands of jobs lost with the departure of DHL a few years ago.

The announcement of 140 new jobs and 50 retained jobs at Cole Taylor Mortgage, an investment of $3.4 million, is good news, says Gov. John Kasich, even though the company could be sold to a private equity firm.

“Small banks have a tendency to be bought, and sometimes you never know how it’s, what’s going to happen whenever final decisions are made,” says Kasich.

Montgomery County has recommended funding for seven projects totaling nearly 7 million dollars. The grants are expected to bring in over 400 jobs to the area.

Ohio's unemployment rate for April was 7.0 percent - down slightly from 7.1 percent in the two previous months.

State officials released the numbers this morning ahead of the newest statewide labor force data.

The rate has consistently remained below the national level. The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 7.5 percent.

The state's leaders have said Ohio's economy and its job market are getting stronger, though the process is slow.

The House has approved its version of the budget, and now the Senate will make its changes. One idea that’s been suggested by Senate President Keith Faber is to replace the House’s 7% income tax cut for all Ohioans with a 50% income tax cut to small businesses, which had been in Gov. John Kasich’s budget.

An estimated two thousand five hundred Ohioans stood out in the pouring rain at the state’s capitol today to do one thing – send a message to lawmakers to expand Medicaid in the state budget.

Democrats, Union leaders, Faith leaders of many different churches and leaders of business groups rally at the Ohio Statehouse….holding signs and chanting to lawmakers inside the building.

Tax Credits Aid Region's Job Creation

Mar 27, 2013

Nearly 500 jobs are coming to southwest Ohio. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved assistance for projects in the region and As Emily McCord reports, Clinton County is seeing a large share of the funding. 

Three of the companies awarded the tax credits will be in the city of Wilmington. DealerTrack Incorporated expects to create over 200 jobs generating 6 million dollars in payroll. The company specializes in administration support for vehicle titles and contract scanning. Two other companies in the city will bring an additional 65 jobs to the area.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted paid a visit to Clark County on Thursday.

The latest monthly jobs data shows that Ohio's unemployment rate rose slightly in January.

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services said Friday that the state's seasonably adjusted unemployment rate for January was 7 percent - up from 6.7 in December.

The slip reversed a trend of incremental progress in lowering the rate over a number of months. The state has said Ohio's economy and its job market are getting stronger, but the process is slow.

Ohio's unemployment rate has remained about a percentage point below the U.S. rate.
 
 

Ohio is getting some national recognition for business development and job creation.

The Buckeye State ranked second in the country behind Texas last year for attracting new companies and business expansion. That's according to the annual list compiled by the business trade magazine Site Selection.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that several Ohio cities were recognized, too.

Columbus finished 10th among metropolitan areas with a population of at least 1 million people, and Cincinnati finished eighth.

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