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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
December 27, 2011 - January 2, 2012

Welcome to the latest issue of Economic News from Ohio's Regions, a regular weekly newsletter from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and Cleveland State University.  We'll search Ohio's papers to bring you economic news and key happenings that impact Ohio's regions.

Happy New Year from All of Us at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs!

Editorial: Value proposition
(Akron Beacon Journal, December 27, 2011)
The story often has been told about cities and other local governments in Ohio struggling to make ends meet in the wake of the harsh recession. Revenues have plunged. Demand for services has held steady or increased. In its two-year budget, the state has moved to reduce by half its contribution to the Local Government Fund. State lawmakers compounded the problem by setting in motion the elimination of the estate tax, most of the revenue flowing to local communities.

Construction employment increases in Ohio, declines nationwide
(Dayton Daily News, December 28, 2011)
Construction employment in Ohio experienced a 2.6 percent increase to 170,900 jobs in November from 166,500 jobs in November 2010, according to data released by the group.

Nearly half of companies that received Ohio economic development awards didn't keep promises to boost economy, study shows
(The Plain Dealer, December 29, 2011)
A new Ohio Attorney General's report showed that only 52 percent of companies that received Ohio taxpayer-funded economic development awards that ran out in 2010 kept their promises to boost the economy.

Editorial: Minimum wage hike
(Toledo Blade, December 30, 2011)
The Ohio increase is a modest 30 cents, to $7.70 an hour. A full-time worker who earns the minimum allowed by law will get an extra $624 a year, to $16,016. That's above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, but less than Washington state's minimum wage of $9.04 an hour beginning New Year's Day, or San Francisco's wage of more than $10 an hour.

Editorial: A year after reforms, Cuyahoga County is on course
(The Plain Dealer, December 31, 2011)
A year ago, Cuyahoga County began its experiment with streamlined, accountable government under a new voter-approved charter. The early returns -- thanks to the steady hand of County Executive Ed FitzGerald, with responsible oversight from County Council -- are promising and right in line with what the reformers had in mind.

Economic forecast is for slow growth
(Middletown Journal, December 31, 2011)
Economists and local experts predict slow growth in 2012, but they say if more jobs are not created in the private sector the economy will remain stagnant.

More Ohio welfare recipients working
(Dayton Daily News, December 31, 2011)
More Ohioans on welfare are working as required by law as state and local officials harden enforcement in the program to avoid a hefty federal fine, but the state still has a way to go.

Jobs opening up in Marion area
(Marion Star, December 31, 2011)
Marion dropped from 9.4 percent to 8.5 percent in November, putting Marion on par with the seasonally adjusted state and national averages.

Youngstown/Warren jobless claims rise, tied to plant shutdown
(Youngstown Vindicator, December 31, 2011)
A large increase in unemployment claims in the Youngstown- Warren area the first week in December is attributed primarily to the temporary shutdown of the Lordstown General Motors Assembly plant to reduce inventory of the Chevrolet Cruze.

         Edited and compiled by: Molly Schnoke, Center for Community Planning & Development, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
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