From the daily archives: Friday, May 20, 2011

(Sorry, I was in court this morning, and had to tend to some legal matters.)

The “We Are Ohio” campaign held a press conference today to give the media an update on how the petition circulation is going:

“We are pleased to report 214,399 signatures have been collected in the first month,” said Melissa Fazekas, spokeswoman for We Are Ohio. “The unprecedented level of support from communities all across the state is staggering. While we continue to struggle to keep up with demand for petitions, we know this campaign is a marathon, not a sprint. We believe these early numbers […]

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Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.9% in March to 8.6% in April as the State made a net gain of 8,600 jobs.  Over the past twelve months, Ohio has 67,000 new jobs.

Service-providing industries increased 9,800 over the month to 4,287,200. The most significant gains occurred in professional and business services (+7,100) and trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,200). Other industries gaining jobs included government (+1,900), information (+1,100), and financial activities (+600). Leisure and hospitality (-2,900), educational and health services (-2,100), and other services (-100) experienced over-the-month losses. Goods-producing industries, at 809,300, were down 1,200 from March, driven by a […]

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