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The year is winding down with much of the Ohio economy still humming, and some experts say 2019 could also bring good economic news to other parts of the state. Despite trends of job growth and lowering unemployment, the state still faces numerous challenges.

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The jobless rate remained at a nearly 50-year low of 3.7 percent in November as employers added 155,000 jobs, fewer than in October and less than expected by private analysts.

Meanwhile, wages grew 3.1 percent over the past 12 months, the same rate as in October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Average earnings climbed to $27.35 an hour.

Workers build Honda Accords at the Honda factory in Marysville, Ohio
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The Business Roundtable brought together nearly 100 industry and education representatives Monday to develop a new workforce training program. The plan is to build digital skills in more than just the tech field.

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Employers added 250,000 jobs in October, more than analysts expected, as the jobless rate remained at 3.7 percent, a nearly 50-year low, the Labor Department said Friday.

The report also showed that the pace of wage growth picked up last month. Average earnings climbed to $27.30 an hour — 3.1 percent above a year earlier.

The 12-month wage increase was the largest since 2009 and topped September's 2.8 percent gain.

Democratic candidate for Ohio governor Richard Cordray speaks at the Talk Job's With Ohio's Next Governor forum in Cleveland on Thursday.
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In almost every election, the economy is considered the top issue. Both Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray say they have plans to spark Ohio’s economy, which has come back from the Great Recession but has been lagging the nation in job and wage growth.

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Gov. John Kasich says it’s not right for immigrants to be blamed for taking jobs away from Ohioans. 

Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County.
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A new report from a D.C.-based think tank offers insight into how Ohio's economy has weathered the post-recession years compared to other Midwest states. 

Ohio Republican candidate for governor Mike DeWine (right) talks with Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow at the Talk Jobs with Ohio's Next Governor forum in Cleveland on Thursday.
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Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray, the two major-party candidates for Ohio governor, fielded questions from students and young adults on Thursday about jobs and education.

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Facebook became embroiled in another controversy Tuesday, after the American Civil Liberties Union accused the company of giving employers a powerful tool to discriminate against women seeking work.

Job seekers at one of two fulfillment centers in Central Ohio.
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Ohio has been gaining jobs over the last few years, and its unemployment rate hit its lowest level in 17 years a few months ago. But there are other numbers in the state’s economic overview that raise concerns for a progressive group that reviews the economy each year on Labor Day.

If you use your commute to catch up on work email, that time "should be counted as part of the working day," according to a new study by researchers who analyzed thousands of commuters' online habits.

"If travel time were to count as work time, there would be many social and economic impacts," said Juliet Jain, one of the academics from the University of the West of England who surveyed several thousand commuters on trains in and out of London.

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State officials say Ohio's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly from June to July, while another survey shows the state added jobs during that period.

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How to use technology to improve the economy, housing and education top the agenda at the National Urban League conference in Columbus this week. 

It's hard enough for employers to find workers to fill open jobs these days, but on top of it, many prospective hires are failing drug tests.

The Belden electric wire factory in Richmond, Ind., is taking a novel approach to both problems: It now offers drug treatment, paid for by the company, to job applicants who fail the drug screen. Those who complete treatment are also promised a job.

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