From the daily archives: Friday, November 22, 2013

The State Auditor’s Office released much-anticipated audit reports for JobsOhio and for Ohio’s Development Services Agency yesterday.   We already discussed the conflict of interest issues uncovered in the first report.   Today I’d like to discuss the over one million dollars in undocumented spending uncovered by the audits.  And then briefly wonder out loud why Auditor Yost has no interest in asking where all of that money went.

First up: JobsOhio employees and their corporate credit cards.

The JobsOhio audit found that JobsOhio employees were issued business charge cards for personal expenses and, in a large number of […]

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Numbers released today by ODJFS and by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Ohio’s unemployment rate exceeded the US average for the past two months.  In September Ohio’s rate was 7.4% and in October it again jumped to 7.5%.   The average US rate is current 7.3%.

The following chart shows the change in the US and Ohio unemployment rates over the past 12 months.    While the US rate has trended downward for most of 2013, Ohio has continued to trend upward, jumping from 6.9% last October to the current rate of 7.5%.





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