Economy

Last year was a hard one in a category that nearly every politician talks about and nearly every election hinges on: the economy. And specifically, it was a tough year for job growth in Ohio.

Karen Kasler

The state’s jobless rate was 5% for January, which is unchanged from December. But officials say there’s good news in that number.

University of Cincinnati Economics Center

Ohioans around the state are expected to swarm to their favorite stores in order to cross items off their holiday gift list. Economic forecasters expect to see a jump in spending, but not as big a hike as usual.

Policy Matters Ohio

Though Ohio’s jobless rate is below the national average and the state is on a job-gaining trend, a new economic report says there are still some numbers that show workers are still suffering in Ohio.

Statehouse News Bureau file photo

A group of state lawmakers will look over the way jobless benefits to come up with ideas for their colleagues to consider when they come back to work after the November election - and they may be different than those in a bill that was blasted by opponents as unfair to workers.

OACAA.org

Sixteen percent of Ohioans lived all of last year in poverty, and nearly a third were under the federal poverty line for at least some of 2015. Those are among the findings in a report from community groups that work on the front lines of the war on poverty in Ohio.

Karen Kasler

The state’s laws on economic development, jobs and business growth have been condensed into a 257-page book that’s being made available to local officials.

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A coalition made of up mostly smaller family farmers says farmers receive only 19 cents of every dollar Ohioans spend on their Thanksgiving meals this year.