COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Hundreds of home-weatherization jobs are expected to be lost in Ohio as federal stimulus money runs out for programs that help low-income and elderly Ohioans with home-energy improvements.
The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies in Columbus told the state this week that agencies providing services for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program expect to lay off about 700 employees in the next six months.
The state says Ohio's unemployment rate rose in July, the second straight monthly increase following a two-year decline. The Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio's jobless rate increased to 9.0 percent last month, from 8.8 percent in June.
The state says the number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 529,000, up from 517,000 in June. The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 9.1 percent, down slightly from 9.2 percent in June.
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