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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
Fifth Third Bank

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.

Jerry Kenney

The H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers visa program allows seasonal immigrants to legally work in the United States. Demand for H-2A visa workers is up dramatically nationwide, as many farms have had trouble finding enough employees to fill open jobs.  

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.

At the Novelis plant in New York, machines are preparing aluminum rolls for manufacturing.

The Oswego Co. plant processes the metal for companies like Ford, Toyota and General Motors. And most of its aluminum comes from Canada.


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At Dale Tree Farm in Delaware County, Shannon Schoch and her family found just the right tree.

"You guys like this one?" Schoch asks. "Yeah, I like it. It has a good shape at the top."

Bitcoin enthusiasts took what could be the first step Tuesday toward teaching some Tri-state residents about cryptocurrency. CPROP co-founder Adam Koehler and organizer of the "Day for Crypto Conference" hopes this helps position the area as an expert in this technology.

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