You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

More people working in Clark, Champaign counties

More people are working now in Clark and Champaign counties than at same time last year, but that number has remained flat so far this year.

The unemployment rate for Clark County in February stands at 6.2 percent, according to state jobs data released Tuesday. That’s down from 7.8 percent in Clark County in February 2013.

The labor force — which indicates how many people are either working or actively looking for work — in Clark County grew from 68,300 people in February last year to 68,600 this year.

Hiring has remained fairly steady, local officials said, and a job fair will likely be scheduled in May.

Companies have been hiring in several industries including manufacturing, along with area companies like Speedway, CodeBlue and Assurant Specialty Property, said Amy Donahoe, director of hiring and employer services for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Some area manufacturing companies also are hiring for positions such as accountants and office professionals, Donahoe said.

“We’re just really working to find quality people to fill the openings we currently have,” she said. “They’re out there, we just need to make the connection.”

Assurant is consistently looking for qualified employees, said Robert Byrd, a spokesman for the company.

“We’re proud to be one of the leading employers in the Springfield area,” he said. “Assurant Specialty Property employs more than 2,000 in Springfield, and more than 200 in Dayton, where we opened a satellite office last year. We’re always on the lookout for great people to join our team. Currently, we have more than 30 job openings in Springfield, as well as a handful in Dayton.”

The date of a potential job fair hasn’t been scheduled but it will likely take place in May. There is enough demand from employers that the chamber likely won’t have trouble filling available booths, Donahoe said.

“Space is going to be at a premium, honestly,” she said.

Figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services showed the number of employees remained flat at 64,300 in Clark County and at 18,800 in Champaign County from January to February of this year.

Both the number of residents in the workforce and the number of people considered unemployed fell between January and February this year in both Clark and Champaign counties.

In Champaign County, 500 more people were working last month than in February 2013, according to information from the ODJFS. The unemployment rate there fell from 7.4 to 5.7 percent between 2013 and this February.

The monthly report is not seasonally adjusted, and the number of people working tends to fluctuate from month to month, said Ben Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio DJFS.

“While there are fluctuations in any given month in any given county, the general trend is positive,” Johnson said.

A separate survey of businesses showed jobs in manufacturing and several other industries remained flat in Clark County between January and February this year. The region lost about 100 jobs in the retail sector but added about 100 jobs in educational and health services.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Business

Speedway to hire 1,000 workers across 9 states
Speedway to hire 1,000 workers across 9 states

Speedway will hire 1,000 workers in nine Midwest states and will host open interviews at each of its stores in the region later this month. The convenience store chain, with a headquarters in Enon, will host open interviews from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at every one of its stores in nine states, according to information from the company...
Holiday debt blues? Here’s help getting on track
Holiday debt blues? Here’s help getting on track

John North is president of the Dayton Better Business Bureau. With the holidays behind you, the new year is a great time to get your finances back on track if you’ve slipped a bit. By dedicating yourself to using credit responsibly and sticking to a sensible plan, then you can effectively pay down your debt. According to, total U.S....
New shopping center proposed at long-vacant Springfield site
New shopping center proposed at long-vacant Springfield site

A new retail development is likely coming to the east side of Springfield at a longtime vacant property, the first major commercial growth there in several years. The Springfield Board of Zoning Appeals approved Wednesday night a variance for the former Roberds site in the 3000 block of East Main Street. City documents filed by developer Springfield...
Gmail phishing scam may lead users to give up login info
Gmail phishing scam may lead users to give up login info

A new phishing scam is allowing hackers to gain access to unsuspecting Gmail users' accounts and target their login credentials, according to recent reports. Mark Maunder, CEO of security service Wordfence, described the scam in detail in a blog post, adding that it is also targeting other services beyond Gmail. Tech Times reported that the scam involves...
Millennials spend more on coffee, save less for retirement
Millennials spend more on coffee, save less for retirement

A large number of Millennials spent more on coffee in the past year than they invested in their retirement savings, according to a new study. » RELATED: What makes Millennials tick in the workplace? It may surprise you About 41 percent of the Millennials — ages 18 to 35 — admitted to spending more on coffee than they saved for retirement...
More Stories