Business & Economy

Air Force economic analysts say Ohio's largest military base had an estimated $4.3 billion impact in fiscal year 2014.

Columbus Realtors says 2015 was a record year for Central Ohio home sales. 

The industry group says more than 29-thousand single family homes and condominiums sold during the year. That's up by 9 percent over the previous year.

Economic Impact of Immigrants and Refugees

Jan 18, 2016
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According to the U.S Census Bureau, the number of foreign-born residents of Franklin County has increased from three and a half percent from 1990 to almost ten percent in 2013. Join us this hour to discuss the economic impact of a more diverse city.

The Honda Civic has been named North American Car of the Year.

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Local economic experts predict strong job growth in central Ohio this year.

Economist Bill Lafayette predicts 2.2 percent job growth for central Ohio in 2016, which would mean about 22,000 jobs.  Columbus has exceeded the state and nation for job creation.  Lafayette says central Ohio employment is up nearly 14 percent from 2010. 

Economic Forecast for Central Ohio in 2016

Jan 7, 2016
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A recent report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services showed a new record high in the number of job openings in the state. Yet, as the region's employment growth exceeds the national average, Columbus is weak on starting new businesses. Coming up, the economic forecast for central Ohio in 2016. 

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Beginning January 30th, a new telephone area code will join 614 and 740 in Central Ohio. 


The owner of a popular bar in Nelsonville is dead after being shot during an apparent fight with a customer.

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State leaders today announced a $150 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit with JP Morgan Chase over complex derivative contracts that ended up costing the company , and investors, billions.

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Ohio added thousands of jobs in November, but state officials say the unemployment rate rose slightly for November, a month after reaching its lowest level in 14 years.

A new report on real estate trends shows downtown Columbus outpacing New Albany and Easton as the most popular place to live in Central Ohio.

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There’s nothing particularly newsworthy about disposable diapers. For the parents of young children in daycare, they’re simply a necessity.

But for poor working parents who struggle to pay rent and put food on the table, pricey disposable diapers can also pose a challenge. This is the story of one young woman who met that challenge and has helped to provide nearly a quarter million diapers to Central Ohio moms and dads.

Chris Farrell: Boomers Should Consider "Unretirement"

Nov 27, 2015
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We've been told the same horror story for years: retiring baby-boomers will cause the ultimate collapse of Social Security and be forced to work until they die.

But 'boomers aren't retiring--at least, not in the typical fashion.  In a survey, nearly three quarters of those over-50 said they want to work after their "retirement."

Despite a recent dip in sales in October, housing sales in Central Ohio are up more than 9 percent this year.

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The Ohio Lottery says no one has come forward with the ticket that matched the winning $200 million lineup in Friday's Mega Millions draw.

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An iconic Short North restaurant has served its last meal. Kent Rigsby announced during the weekend he was closing Rigsby's Kitchen after 29 years of continuous operation.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has approved language for a ballot initiative that seeks to raise the minimum wage in Ohio.  If approved by voters, the minimum wage would climb from the current $8.10 an hour to $12 an hour.  The increase would be phased in over time reaching the $12 mark by 2021.  Laurie Couch speaks for Stand Up For Ohio, the group that’s backing the increase.

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Ohio motorists are seeing lower prices at the pumps as they start the new work week.

New Report Shows Some Ohioans Going Hungry

Oct 13, 2015

A new report shows some Ohioans are going hungry because they can’t meet the work requirements of the food stamp program. Advocates for the poor are asking state leaders to take action.

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Data collected by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration shows Ohio leading all states in the Midwest region for the number of workers killed on the job this year.

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Gas prices in Ohio are running higher than last week.

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The number of passengers using Port Columbus continues to grow.  Part of the increase has been spurred by new Southwest Airlines service to the San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas, Washington and Boston.  

The Central Ohio Transit Authority plans to slowly roll out its new bus network during the next two years. The plan calls for more frequent buses downtown and a host of other changes.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says 848 public entities in Ohio will get a share of the state's $11.5 million settlement with rock salt producers accused of conspiring to drive up prices.

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Ohio lawmakers are continuing to work on a fix to a budget provision that imposes an unintended tax increase on some small businesses.

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Secretary of State Jon Husted is preparing to announce details of a new partnership with Google designed to benefit Ohio entrepreneurs.

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Ride-sharing giant Uber will considerably expand its Ohio workforce by adding 10,000 more drivers in the state next year, including 3,000 in Columbus alone.

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The average cost of gas for Ohio drivers has increased again from the previous week, but is still significantly cheaper than it was a year ago.