State officials are looking optimistically at the number of new entities that filed to do business in Ohio in 2012. It's the third year in a row the number of new business filings increased over the previous year.
More than 88 thousand 'new business filings' came in last year, compared to 2011, in which just over 82,601 new entities filed with the Secretary of State, Jon Husted.
Ohio's unemployment rate is continuing to inch downward.
The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services said Friday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 6.8 percent. That's down from 6.9 percent in October and 7.1 percent in September.
It's the lowest since an identical 6.8-percent rate in August 2008.
The state has said Ohio's economy and its job market are getting stronger, though the process is slow.
Ohio's unemployment rate has remained about a full percentage point below the U.S. rate.