The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Breaking News

World, nation, state

April 19, 2014

Ohio’s jobless rate dips to 6.1 percent in March

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in March to 6.1 percent, its lowest level in six years, according to state job figures released Friday.

The seasonally adjusted rate last month fell from 6.5 percent in February, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said. It’s the state’s lowest jobless rate since April 2008.

Ohio’s rate is below the national rate, which was 6.7 percent in both February and March.

Job and Family Services spokesman Ben Johnson said the state’s unemployment rate fell because more people were working and the size of the labor force shrank.

“It was not exclusively one or the other,” Johnson said in an interview.

Gov. John Kasich’s presumptive Democratic rival in the gubernatorial election claimed the decline in the unemployment rate could be attributed to Ohioans giving up on their job search.

“This jobs report demonstrates that Governor Kasich’s policies only work for a select few,” Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald said in a statement.

Employment in the state has been growing over the last 12 months, while the size of the labor force has been relatively stagnant, Johnson said. Last month, the state added 12,000 jobs, while the labor force dropped by about 11,000.

Johnson said there’s no way to know right now whether the decrease is indicative of a larger issue or whether it’s a one-month anomaly.

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols praised the rate. “It’s encouraging to see things going in the right direction and the state getting back on track, but we have a lot more work still to do,” he said in a statement.

The state says Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 600 over the month, from 5,282,300 in February to 5,282,900 in March.

About 4,800 jobs were added in the leisure and hospitality industry. Gains in construction jobs were offset in part by losses in manufacturing, mining and logging sectors. Professional and business services added 3,200 jobs, while the educational and health services sector saw an increase of 2,400.

The state had a loss of 4,900 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities sector. Government employment also shed 3,200 positions.

The number of unemployed has decreased by 68,000 in the past 12 months to 353,000 from 421,000.

 

1
Text Only
World, nation, state
  • Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

    Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.

    July 24, 2014

  • UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

    A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children’s clothing scattered in the courtyard.

    July 24, 2014

  • Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

    An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation disaster in a week.

    July 24, 2014

  • Troubled childhoods may prompt men to volunteer for military service

    In the era of the all-volunteer U.S. military, men who served are more than twice as likely as those who never did to have been sexually abused as children and to have grown up around domestic violence and substance abuse, a new study has found.

    July 24, 2014

  • As poverty continues to rise, fewer Ohioans are receiving state aid

    The number of Ohioans receiving public assistance continues to drop even while poverty increases, raising questions about how the state helps the poor.

    July 24, 2014

  • ’Saltwater’ from fracking spill much different from ocean water

    In early July, a million gallons of salty drilling waste spilled from a pipeline onto a steep hillside in western North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Reservation. The waste — a byproduct of oil and gas production — has now reached a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water to the reservation.

    July 24, 2014

  • 40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil

    Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.

    July 23, 2014

  • U.S. pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

    The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.

    July 23, 2014

  • GROUNDED U.S., other countries ban flights to and from Israel

    A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel’s main airport, prompting a ban on all flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine.

    July 23, 2014

  • REPORT: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from clinical work after complaining that on-call doctors were refusing to go to a VA hospital in Wilkes-Barre.

    July 22, 2014

House Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video