Ohio's unemployment rate went down for the third month in a row in January thanks to continued strength in the state's health care sector. Joblessness fell to 7.7 percent in January, down from an adjusted 7.9 percent in December, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday. Payrolls outside of farms rose 32,800 over the last month to 5.1 million, the state said. The total number of unemployed people decreased by 11,000 from December to January.
The owner of an Ohio nuclear plant along Lake Erie says a lack of exterior weatherproofing coating caused concrete to crack in the outer shell protecting the plant.
FirstEnergy Corporation told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the exterior cracking at the Davis-Besse plant near Toledo traces back to a 1978 blizzard when wind, rain and a drastic temperature drop caused moisture to penetrate the concrete. The Blade newspaper reports the utility says the moisture caused the concrete to freeze and expand, prompting the cracks found in October.