New report highlights job creation in Ohio

More than 238,000 private-sector jobs were created in Ohio over the last three years, and 70,000 jobs were created in the last 12 months alone, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

“My hat is off to the hardworking men and women of our state and to the small businesses and entrepreneurs who are the engines of job creation,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said. “There’s certainly more work to do, but by tearing down barriers to job growth, our jobs-friendly policies are helping Ohioans unleash their natural energy, creativity and work ethic and they’re lifting up our state.”

The state’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in January, down from 7.1 percent in December, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Ohio Speaker of the House William Batchelder said the state’s gains in employment are a promising sign of economic recovery.

“With Ohio’s unemployment rate dropping below seven percent, Ohio is continuing to demonstrate that it is indeed a national leader in job creation,” Batchelder said. “These numbers are proof that our pro-growth policies are steadily creating an environment where businesses can flourish and Ohioans can prosper.”

Batchelder urged members of the Ohio General Assembly to join Republicans and Kasich in forging a path of economic recovery.