Ohio’s economic comeback showed no sign of slowing down in recent months as our state added a total of 38,000 new jobs between May and June. In the past year, companies have added more than 100,000 jobs in Ohio and have played a vital role in our unemployment level dropping to its lowest point since September 2008. In fact, for the first time since January 1995, Ohio’s unemployment rate (7.2 percent) is a full point below the national rate (8.2 percent). Clearly, our jobs initiatives are providing hard-working residents and job creators opportunities that make us the number one job creator in the Midwest.
Much of this work can be seen in communities throughout Western Ohio. In our area alone, more than 3,100 new jobs have been added since the start of last year. Paramount to our workforce development efforts has been JobsOhio, the private job-creating engine that was established through the passage of top priority legislation early last year. Fixed on attracting business and creating new opportunities for Ohioans, JobsOhio has played a role in 11 area projects that have helped create 825 new jobs for local residents, while also retaining nearly 3,000 existing positions. These JobsOhio projects have also been accompanied by an astounding $188 million in capital investment.
Similar success stories are being told in all regions across the state, and the rest of the country is taking notice. Ohio is ranked second in job creation in the nation. It remains critical that we continue building on this momentum, driving Ohio forward. State and local officials must continue to work together in identifying innovative new ways to highlight the talents of Ohio’s workforce and attract job creators from out-of-state. With five months left in the 129th General Assembly, there remains no goal more important to legislators than that of continuing to get our residents back to work. While so much progress has been made, there is still a great deal of work to be done and I look forward to leading this ongoing effort.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or concerns about any of the matters we are considering at the Statehouse. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-7584, by e-mail at Faber@ohiosenate.gov or by writing me at State Senator Keith Faber, Ohio Statehouse, One Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215. I look forward to hearing from you.
Senator Faber represents Ohio’s 12th Senate District which includes Allen, Champaign, Mercer, Preble, and Shelby Counties, as well as portions of Auglaize and Darke Counties. He currently serves as President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.