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Mahoning Valley unemployment rate continues to drop

Published: Tue, April 19, 2011 @ 11:28 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley’s unemployment rate continued its fall for the third straight month in March and now sits at 10.3 percent, according to figures released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties added 6,400 new workers over the past year and there are nearly 10,000 fewer unemployed. The unemployment rate in March 2010 was 13.8 percent, the peak.

The Valley’s civilian labor force is 3,000 less than it was one year ago.

The U.S. Department of Labor defines the civilian labor force as people age 16 and older who are currently working or looking for work. It excludes members of the military, students and volunteer workers, as well as those who are in institutions, retired or unable to work.

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1oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Thats because People are leaving Y-Town like rats leaving a burning ship

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2unhappyvoter1(87 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

there are no damn jobs in this town. I have been laid off for almost a year and have looked everyday. there is nothing.......kasich sucks. we have to keep unions in the government or all relatives will be hired and the rest fired.

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3Morrigan(83 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

The unemployment numbers are about to increase by 2. My company closed my office, so there's 2 of us out of work. We've both been looking for only about 3 months and it's very discouraging. Because of family, I can't leave the area.

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4Cowboyfan(105 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

SB5 will eliminate approx 51000 jobs.

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6Cowboyfan(105 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

51,000 OUT OF WORK
Volume #80, Report #67, Article #5--Thursday, April 7, 2011
A new think tank with ties to former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland said Thursday that
Republican Gov. John Kasich's "Jobs Budget" would add at least 51,000 Ohioans to the
unemployment rolls.
Innovation Ohio spokesman Dale Butland said proposed cuts to education, state and local
governments in the $55.5 billion two-year spending plan (HB 153 ) would endanger the state's
shaky economic recovery and easily wipe out the 22,000 new jobs created since Gov. Kasich took
"You can't fix Ohio by attacking workers either through a job-killing budget or extremist legislation
like Senate Bill 5," he said, referring to a recently signed measure to restrict collective bargaining
(SB 5 ) during a news conference at the group's Columbus office. "Gov. Kasich, your war on
workers will only result in killing the middle class."
Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols dismissed the group's analysis as "political posturing."
"These people are former Strickland staffers seeking to preserve the legacy of their former boss," he
said. "They think the only way to solve Ohio's budget problems is to raise taxes. We can't do that
and expect to see any job creation at all. It will kill jobs, kill this state and Governor Kasich will not
do it."
Innovation Ohio estimated that $1.82 billion in cuts to K-12 education would result in about 30,000
layoffs to teachers and support staff and a $202 reduction for higher education would cause nearly
600 professors to lose their jobs, along with more than 1,500 other staff.
Cuts of $1.23 billion to local government will mean nearly 13,900 fewer employees, along with
another 4,200 layoffs in public safety forces, the group said. A $306 million decrease for state
personnel line items means 5,800 fewer state workers.
President and CEO Janetta King, a former aide to Gov. Strickland, said Innovation Ohio's analysis
assumed 75% of the dollar value of proposed cuts would result in salary reductions because staffing
is the largest expense in the education and government sectors. Cuts in state personnel line items
result in 100% staff reductions.
The group's projections don't account for additional layoffs in other areas of the budget, such as
nursing homes facing lower Medicaid reimbursements, or indirect job loss that would result from
reduced economic activity, she said.
Mr. Butland said the governor should consider ways to raise revenue, such as by closing "tax
loopholes," to avoid such massive layoffs.
"By stubbornly insisting that an $8 billion deficit must be closed through cuts and one-time money
alone, Gov. Kasich is intentionally pursuing a policy that will cost tens of thousands of Ohioans their
jobs," he said.

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