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.

Clark gains 700 jobs in 2012

Latest unemployment numbers steady, but Springfield region doing better than state, nation.


Clark County generated 700 new jobs in 2012 and maintained unemployment rates below Ohio and national averages in recent months, according to a new state report.

Unemployment rates in both Clark and Champaign counties remained virtually the same from November to December, but unemployment decreased more than 2 percentage points for the year, an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services report released Tuesday said.

“The economy will continue to slowly improve through 2013, and we think the state will continue to add jobs,” said Ben Johnson, ODJFS spokesman. “But again, we’re talking about a slow recovery, which is what we’ve seen since the recession. It could be months where the unemployment rate climbs slightly or plateaus — a lot remains to be seen.”

For example, Clark County’s December unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, up slightly from 6.3 percent in November and down from 8 percent in December 2011.

In Champaign County, the unemployment rate stayed at 6.2 percent in December, which is down from 7.5 percent in December 2011.

Both counties have had unemployment rates in the 6 percent range for the last four months.

Clark and Champaign counties have both improved rates but for different reasons, Johnson said. In Champaign County, more people are finding work. In Clark County, new jobs have helped but the rate also is lower because more people have dropped out of the workforce.

The labor force in Champaign County decreased by about 100 people in 2012. In Clark County, it decreased by around 500 people, according to ODJFS data.

“That’s where we get into talking about people who have given up in looking for work, who go into early retirement or are going back to school,” Johnson said.

He said that for true economic growth, both the number of people employed and the number of people in the labor force need to improve.

“In previous recessions we have seen periods of time where labor force has grown enough that the unemployment rate has increased slightly over a period of time,” Johnson said. “That hasn’t happened yet in Ohio. What we’ve seen instead is slow growth, and there’s no denying that it’s job growth.”

But local people looking for employment are still skeptical of economic improvement.

“I don’t think the economy has improved,” said Michelle Overton, a St. Paris resident who attended a job fair in New Carlisle in October. She said she has been talking with other people in her field, accounting, and they have all had trouble finding jobs.

Overton found a job in Springfield and has been working full-time for more than a month. She said it was a unique situation where a position opened up during reorganization of a company.

But Springfield officials expect the upcoming year to be more promising than recent years. Mayor Warren Copeland said potential job-creating projects are in the works, including Prime Ohio II and the Champion City Business Park in the former Navistar International site.

“We expect to see more happening in the next 3 to 4 years than in the last 2 years,” Copeland said.

Copeland said most new jobs are created by existing employers rather than new businesses, and that the city and Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce are working to keep in contact with employers to find out what company plans are and how local officials can help.

The 700 jobs created in 2012 “is basically recovery from the recession, and in Ohio and here locally, that’s gone faster than anywhere else,” Copeland said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Idaho woman blames car crash on deer-chasing Bigfoot
Idaho woman blames car crash on deer-chasing Bigfoot

A northern Idaho woman blamed a car crash with a deer on a Sasquatch sighting last week. >> Read more trending news The woman told police she collided with the deer after spotting a Bigfoot on a highway near Potlatch near the Washington border, according to NBC Montana. The woman said the Sasquatch was chasing the deer Wednesday night along the...
World War 1 exhibit opening at Clark County Heritage Center
World War 1 exhibit opening at Clark County Heritage Center

A local historical Society next month will be hosting a World War 1 themed exhibit featuring artifacts from Springfield residents. The Clark County Historical Society will be debuting their two-year exhibit Global Conflict, Local Experience: Clark County Joins the Great War at their museum at the Heritage Center, 117 S. Fountain Ave, on April 6th....
Trump now blames conservative Republicans for healthcare failure
Trump now blames conservative Republicans for healthcare failure

  President Donald Trump is now pointing the finger at an ultra-conservative Republican faction in the House for the GOP failure to rally a vote on House speaker Paul Ryan’s American Healthcare Act, scuttling the bill on Friday. >> Read more trending news But on Friday, it wasn’t the far-right Freedom Caucus, but the Democrats...
Five things to know: Are you at risk for a cyber attack?
Five things to know: Are you at risk for a cyber attack?

If you’re online, you’re at risk, experts say. “The fact of the matter is we as a society do more and more and more stuff online — that’s individuals, that’s governments, that’s businesses — and when you do that … what we call the threat surface has grown exponentially,” said David Salisbury...
New Carlisle community garden prepped for second season
New Carlisle community garden prepped for second season

New Carlisle residents are planning for the second season of planting in the community garden. The garden is located on about a third of an acre lot donated by the city next to the closed Madison Street school. Organizers have been working to put boards around each of the plots. “We have 40 plots, and approximately 20 people have plots,&rdquo...
More Stories