The numbers are out this week and show the Ohio jobless percentage dropped from 7.3 in May to 7.2 in June, down 7,000 souls . The fact is , based on comments from the people who man the unemployment phones in Ohio, the elimination of benefit extensions is the reason for the decline. Many of those persons out of work are still out of work, they just don't show up on the unemployment benefits role to be counted anymore.
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welcome to politics. Every statistic, report, finding, etc. can be twisted into what works for a particular politician or party.
Until people demand more from their politicians, it will always continue.
That's why I always look at the employment numbers: http://thurbersthoughts.blogspot.com/2012/06/toledo-should-be-cautious-about-mays.html
You also have to pay attention to whether or not the numbers are 'seasonally adjusted' or not. If you look at the 'not seasonally adjusted' unemployment rate, it goes from 6.4% in May to 7.2% in June - that's an increase, not a decrease...
Always better to know yourself than to rely upon what others tell you - even me. lol
In my anecdotal experience, it seems like things must be picking up in NW Ohio & SE Michigan.
There was a stretch where I had quite a few long-term unemployed friends.
Every single one of them has found a job in the past 2-3 months. A decent job in their field of experience.
For the time being, I personally don't know anyone who wants to be working who doesn't have a job.
First time I can say that in several years.
Things are actually going well for Ohio right now, in my opinion.