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Ohio Had Third-Highest Rate Of Job Losses In June

The Labor Department said this morning 222 thousand jobs were added in the U.S. in June. But the job placement firm Challenger Gray & Christmassays Ohio had the third-largest number of job cuts in the nation in June.

Spokesperson Andrew Challenger says 18 hundred jobs were cut in the state, bringing the total so far this year to slightly less than 21 thousand.

Nationally, Challenger says employers cut 31 thousand jobs last month, which is the lowest monthly total so far this year.


California led the nation with more than 82-hundred job cuts last month, followed by Texas, Indiana and New York. Job losses were most prevalent in the retail, healthcare, customer service, automotive and telecommunications sectors. Meanwhile, a new report shows Ohio has one of the worst economies in the country. The financial website 24/7 Wall St. used several metrics to rank Ohio 38th on its list of states with the best and worst economies.  West Virginia was worst on the list, while Colorado is ranked best.  The study is based economic growth, poverty, unemployment and other factors.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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