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Ohio adds 100,000 jobs in past year

Dayton Business Journal
Ohio ranks as the fourth-best state in the country for growing jobs in the past year, adding 100,000 new jobs as of June, according to a Bizjournals.com report.

Forty-four states and the District of Columbia managed to expand their employment bases during the past year, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Leading the way is California, which had hemorrhaged more than 1 million jobs between 2007 and 2011. California launched a significant turnaround by adding 279,100 nonfarm positions between June 2011 and the same month in 2012.

Three other states have added at least 100,000 jobs since mid-2011: Texas (up 231,800), New York (up 136,900) and Ohio (up 100,000). The first two states weathered the recession in fairly good shape, while the latter is starting to pick itself off the floor after experiencing heavy industrial losses.

Wisconsin has suffered the biggest decline of any state in the past year, losing 19,600 jobs. Next are Mississippi (down 4,200) and Missouri (down 4,100).

The Dayton region has benefited recently from numerous expansion projects or new facilties from Fortune 500 companies. GE Aviation, a division of General Electric Co., has been adding jobs in Dayton as it builds a $61 million research center on the University of Dayton campus. Upwards of 200 jobs are expected to be created.

In addition, Caterpillar recently opened a local facility with 500 employees and Omaha, Neb.-based ConAgra Foods Inc. has been growing its manufacturing facility in Troy.

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