You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

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.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

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.

Sluggish job growth in Ohio last month


Ohio added 5,300 workers in July, regaining slightly less than two-thirds of the jobs lost in June, according to data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The state’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.2 percent.

The modest job growth last month provided more evidence of a fitful economic recovery.

In the last year, Ohio has added jobs in half of the months, and lost them in the other half, and at times the employment swings have been dramatic.

Ohio led the nation in job growth in May, and then posted some of the worst job losses the following month.

“It is a national phenomenon — the Department of Labor’s payroll surveys have been really volatile in recent months, and a lot of states have seen large increases and decreases month to month,” said Angela Terez, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. “You can’t read too much into one month’s data, and you really have to look at the long-term trend.”

Nonfarm employment in the state increased by 0.1 percent last month, after June’s employment figures were revised upwards, according to state data. Initial job figures released last month estimated Ohio lost 12,500 workers in June, but that was revised to a loss of 8,400.

Last month, the state’s strongest job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality (+4,500 workers); trade, transportation and utilities (+2,500); manufacturing (+2,400); and other services (+2,100).

The largest losses were concentrated in government.

Local government employers shed 3,900 workers, while federal payrolls shrank by 500 workers. State government added 1,100 workers.

In the private sector, information companies cut 1,200 workers, while professional and business services providers cut 1,000 workers.

The state’s job outlook remains positive, but it remains a slow recovery, Terez said.

“If you look at where we are now, and where we were three years ago, things are a lot better,” she said. “Ohio has added 149,000 jobs since January 2011, and that’s good news.”

But Ohio’s 12-month growth rate is 0.7 percent, half of what it was in July of 2012, said Hannah Halbert, workforce researcher for Policy Matters Ohio.

“The pace of recovery, particularly over the last year, has been far too slow,” she said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Time running out on Premier, UnitedHealthcare negotiations
Time running out on Premier, UnitedHealthcare negotiations

Negotiations between southwest Ohio’s largest health system, Dayton-based Premier Health, and UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurance company, remained at a standstill Thursday with the first deadline for their contract to expire rapidly approaching. UnitedHealthcare’s contract with Premier hospitals is set to expire...
Airfare decreases at local airports
Airfare decreases at local airports

Average airfare at airports in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati has dropped in the past year, but still remains among the highest in the United States. Five airports in the region rank in the top 50 most expensive in the country, including Dayton International Airport, John Glenn International Airport and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport...
Frisch’s introduces new, limited-edition cheeseburger
Frisch’s introduces new, limited-edition cheeseburger

Frisch’s Big Boy has introduced a new hamburger to its menu — the Primetime Chili Cheeseburger. The Cincinnati-based fast casual restaurant added the Chili Cheeseburger to its menu this month. The burger features premium ground beef, melted cheddar cheese and is topped with Frisch’s famous chili with beans. The restaurant said the...
Auto lender to military service members must pay $1.25M penalty
Auto lender to military service members must pay $1.25M penalty

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken action against an Ohio auto lender to pay refunds and credits the federal agency says were due to hundreds of consumers, and pay an additional $1.25 million penalty, records show. The CFPB alleged Mason-headquartered Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp., which specializes in vehicle...
5 things to know about Meijer home delivery
5 things to know about Meijer home delivery

Meijer’s home delivery starts today in the Miami Valley, allowing customers to shop for more than 55,000 items online. The service will cover 2,100 square miles including Miamisburg, Middletown, Lebanon, Huber Heights, Englewood, Springfield and Troy, acccording to the company. That’s more than 415,000 houses that can be serviced by Meijer&rsquo...
More Stories