Economy

Job seekers at one of two fulfillment centers in Central Ohio.
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Columbus’ promises of big tax breaks and investments in transportation seem to have caught the attention of Amazon, which named the city one of 20 finalists for the site of its second corporate headquarters.

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Two-thirds of Appalachia's coal industry jobs have disappeared since the 1990s. Now the region is hoping tourism will help rebuild its economy by tapping into history and its rugged natural beauty.

The Future of Central Ohio's Economy

Jan 3, 2018
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A look at the state of the economy in Central Ohio and what to expect in 2018. Find out what opportunities for growth exist and what areas needed development.

While the tax reform law will provide tax cuts to Ohioans, those cuts may not provide the boost needed for future economic growth. Ohio State University economist Mark Partridge says Ohio's manufacturers may see some benefit, but investment in workers will do more.

As midnight strikes on New Year's Eve, many minimum wage workers will have an extra reason to celebrate: They'll be getting a raise.

In 18 states and 20 localities, lawmakers are forcing up the minimum wage on Jan. 1.

For years, a large number of state and local governments have been driving up wages in response to federal inaction. Congress has kept the federal minimum wage at $7.25 an hour since 2009.

Central Ohio Real Estate Market

Dec 26, 2017
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All across downtown Columbus, buildings are going up. New developments continue to break ground in the city's center. But real estate markets are booming all over the region. Coming up, a look at real estate market trends in Central Ohio.

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Ohio’s official unemployment rate took a sharp downturn turn last month, although a separate survey of employers showed fewer people in the workforce.

Fifth Third Bank branch
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Fifth Third Bancorp is promising to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour and give most of its employees a $1,000 bonus after President Trump signs the GOP tax cuts into law.

New data from the Census Bureau's Annual Survey of Manufactures rank Ohio in the top three states for manufacturing employment, behind California and Texas.

The number of Ohioans working in manufacturing has risen each year since the Great Recession ended. Employment peaked in 2015 at about 650,000. Last year it dropped by 10,000. But the state still leads manufacturing employment in the Midwest. Nationally, Ohio ranked 17th in terms of employment growth since 2010. Employment grew 10 percent during that time.

Wilmington Air Park, with $3 million in state money, is ready to start making navigation and infrastructure improvements.
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Wilmington Air Park, with 12 companies and 1,200 employees, is ready to embark on $3 million worth of improvements in the first quarter of 2018 as it looks to retain its customers, help them expand and position itself for other opportunities.

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