Business & Economy

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The number of workers unemployed in Ohio rose slightly in September.  The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports the unemployment was 4.8 percent in September, up from 4.7 percent in August.

Many travelers have resigned themselves to paying $25 or more to check a bag when flying. But that fee becomes especially onerous when the bag doesn't show up on the carousel at baggage claim.

The White House is proposing a new rule that would require airlines to refund the checked baggage fee if luggage is "substantially delayed," though it does not define "substantially."

Ohio Bans Wells Fargo From State Business

Oct 14, 2016
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he is suspending Wells Fargo from doing business with state agencies, and excluding the bank from participating in any state bond offerings.

The Republican governor's announcement Friday follows similar moves by state treasurers in California and Illinois and the cities of Seattle and Chicago. The bank has been under fire for manipulating customer accounts to meet sales goals.

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Relations between students and Wendy's are getting a little frosty at The Ohio State University.

Members of the Student/Farmworker Alliance held a rally Friday afternoon with agricultural workers, demanding that OSU does not renew a contract with Wendy's.

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Gas prices in Ohio have increased by 20 cents compared with a week ago. The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.29 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up from $2.09 at the same time last month and seven cents higher than the average of $2.22 reported a week ago.

Columbus Realtors: Housing Market Remains Hot

Sep 22, 2016

Realtors in Columbus say the central Ohio real estate market remains hot. Columbus Realtor's President John Royer says homes continue to fly off the market even as inventory begins to taper off.

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As one of the largest stadiums in the country, Ohio Stadium has also managed to become one of the greenest. After each Buckeye home game, up to 95 percent of all stadium garbage is recycled or composted.

Turns out that’s only achievable through one surprising advantage: prison labor. 

Central Ohio Jobless Rate Slips Below 4 Percent

Sep 20, 2016

Central Ohio’s unemployment rate slipped in August to under 4 percent, making it the only metro area in the state to have a jobless rate that low.

Police in Upper Arlington say 2,700 American Electric power customers are without power this afternoon.

Much of the anger and anxiety in the 2016 election are fueled by the sense that economic opportunity is slipping away for many Americans. This week, as part of NPR's collaborative project with member stations, A Nation Engaged, we're asking the question: What can be done to create economic opportunity for more Americans?

Kasich Meets With Obama, Voices Support For TPP

Sep 16, 2016

Governor John Kasich met with President Obama Friday to show his support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP.

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The state says Ohio's unemployment rate dropped again in August to 4.7 percent. That’s down from 4.8 percent the previous month but up slightly from 4.6 percent in August 2015. The national unemployment rate for last month held steady at 4.9 percent.

Down Tax Receipts Catch Eye Of State Budget Officials

Sep 12, 2016
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The money the state of Ohio brought in from taxes was down last month, and that has officials saying they’ll be watching the next few months very carefully. 

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Though Ohio’s jobless rate is below the national average and the state is on a job-gaining trend, a new economic report says there are still some numbers that show workers are still suffering in Ohio.

A judge’s preliminary injunction against a new state law prohibiting local hiring requirements could have larger implications for all Ohio cities.

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Cooper Stadium, once a thriving center for minor league baseball in Columbus, sits abandoned in Franklinton after its last game was played in it, in 2008.

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Steve Schoeny, the Director at the Columbus Department for Development, says the city was a bit disappointed that the new owners of Columbus Castings had no plans to reopen the century-old foundry.

After the century old steel plant closed this summer many had hoped it might reopen under new ownership. Now the plant has been purchased and the new owners say that they will not restart the foundry, but they do promises to clean-up and develop the site.

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Macy's says it plans to close about 100 stores next year as the department store operator aims to become more nimble in a competitive market. That represents close to 14 percent of its store base.

Gov. John Kasich hasn’t made many public appearances since leaving the Republican race for president in May. He was at a ribbon cutting for an expansion of the food company Nestle in suburban Columbus, and he covered a lot of ground.

Ohio is rolling out a new response system in the case of oil and gas drilling emergencies. Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order creating a 24/7 emergency hotline for oil and gas companies.

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This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, and WOSU investigates to get the answers.

Every summer, the question inevitably arises: "What happens to all the butter from the butter cow and the butter sculptures at the Ohio State Fair when the fair is over?"

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As many parents head to the checkout lane to take advantage of Ohio's three-day sales tax holiday that starts Friday, some researchers say the tax breaks are mostly a smoke screen.


Since 2012, the city of Columbus has torn down more than 1,000 vacant houses to improve neighborhoods. 

But the city is having trouble developing the lots.

One goal was to rebuild single family homes, but that’s only happened a few dozen times. One reason is the process is tough for average home buyers to navigate.

Columbus Real Estate Group Reports Hot Housing Market

Jul 21, 2016

Columbus Realtors say the cost of buying a house in Central Ohio rose to a new record high in June.

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Businesses along State Route 161 in North Columbus have struggled over the past decade but things may be improving. A key factor was the closure of some crime-ridden hotels.  Area leaders welcome the clean-up but vow to press on for better businesses and safer access for shoppers.

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Craft beer seems to be booming in Central Ohio, with breweries opening all over the place. As part of WOSU’s Curious Cbus Project, one listener wanted to know what was going on with craft brewing. So it was time to hit the streets to find out.


It took years of negotiations with neighbors and local governments, but Central Ohio’s first outlet mall opens Friday morning.


Columbus Commons is five years old. The downtown development includes a six-acre park surrounded by residential and commercial space. It opened with high expectations, and we tried to find out if it’s lived up to the hype.