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Ohio job numbers show hard work still ahead

March 19, 2014
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

U.S. Labor Department figures showed Ohio ranked second in the country last month in terms of the raw number of jobs gained, 16,700. That is great news at first look. But upon closer inspection, the percentage growth does a better job of telling the full story. Between December 2013 and January 2014, Ohio's job growth rate was 0.03 percent. Even the year-over-year percentage is a bit of a reality check. Ohio's job-growth during 2013 was 1.16 percent. The U.S. job-growth rate for 2013 was 2.06 percent.



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