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Ohio's Unemployment Rate Drops in November

 
Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in November 2017, down from 5.1 percent in October 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 5,600 over the month, from a revised 5,545,400 in October to 5,539,800 in November 2017.
 
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 279,000, down 17,000 from 296,000 in October. The number of unemployed has decreased by 6,000 in the past 12 months from 285,000. The November unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.0 percent in November 2016.
 
The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 4.1 percent, unchanged from October, and down from 4.6 percent in November 2016.
 
Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
 
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 5,600 over the month, from a revised 5,545,400 in October to 5,539,800 in November 2017, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.
 
Employment in goods-producing industries, at 918,500, increased 2,300 over the month as gains in manufacturing (+2,700) and mining and logging (+100) outweighed losses in construction (-500). The private service-providing sector, at 3,855,900, lost 5,600 jobs. Employment losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-5,200), professional and business services (-2,700), educational and health services (-1,900), and information (-100) surpassed gains in financial activities (+3,500) and other services (+800). Leisure and hospitality had no change over the month. Government employment, at 765,400, decreased 2,300 with losses in local (-1,400), state (-600), and federal (-300) government.
 
From November 2016 to November 2017, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 38,600. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 13,600. Manufacturing employment increased 7,800 in nondurable goods (+4,700) and durable goods (+3,100). Construction added 5,700 jobs and mining and logging gained 100 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 34,700 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+14,500), leisure and hospitality (+12,300), financial activities (+9,500), other services (+4,000), and professional and business services (+2,900) exceeded losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-6,300) and information (-2,200). Government employment decreased 9,700 with losses in state (-7,700), local (-1,900), and federal (-100) government.

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OSP Urges Motorists to Drive Safe Over Holidays

 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding everyone to drive sober this holiday season. Troopers will focus enforcement efforts to remove impaired drivers from our roadways to reduce fatal and injury crashes.

 

In the first 11 months of 2017, there were 321 OVI-related fatal crashes resulting in the deaths of 341 people. This was a decrease of 52 crashes as compared to the same period last year. Troopers have also made over 25,000 OVI arrests this year, an increase of more than 2,000 arrests from last year.

 

In 2016, 10 OVI-related fatal crashes resulted in 13 deaths during the Christmas Holiday. Additionally, there were three OVI-related fatal crashes which resulted in four deaths during the New Year’s Holiday.

 

The Patrol reminds drivers it is never OK to drink and drive. Plan ahead, designate a sober driver or make other arrangements.

 

Motorists are encouraged to report impaired drivers and drug activity to the Patrol by calling #677.

 

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BBB Warns Seniors About Telemarketer Scam

 

Telemarketers often target seniors by pretending to be representatives of well-known insurance or healthcare companies.

 

Recently, the Better Business Bureau has received reports of older consumers getting anonymous phone calls and cards from companies offering back and knee braces.

 

BBB is alerting elderly and disabled residents and their caregivers to beware of unsolicited phone calls and cards from people looking to bill Medicare and insurance for back braces, neck braces and knee braces.

 

The BBB said you should never give out personal information over the phone, especially if it is from an unsolicited caller.

 

You should remind elderly family members that Medicare will never call to ask for sensitive personal financial information.

 

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Ground Broken For First Medical Marijuana Farm

 

The first Medical Marijuana farm has broken ground in Ohio on Thursday the 14th.

 

Yellow Springs, Ohio will be the home for Ohio’s first cultivation facility. CEO Charles Bachtell of Chicago based Cresco Labs said, “Yellow Springs was on board with this collaborative process as soon as we started talking. We really hit it off.'' The building will be a 50,000 square foot state of the art greenhouse that will cost roughly $7 million dollars.

 

Of the 109 applicants to become marijuana operations in Ohio, Cresco Labs became one of the 12 business that were selected by the state earlier this month. The state selected Cresco to run the large 25,000 square feet operations. The greenhouse in Yellow Springs will be 25,000 square feet of growing space and the other 25,000 square feet will be used as office space and packing rooms.

 

The building will include the latest agricultural and environmental methods.

 

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Record Lake Trout Caught in Lake Erie

 
A new Ohio record Lake Trout has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee.
 
The new state record Lake Trout, weighing 26.63 pounds, was caught by James J. Beres of Lorain, Ohio in Lake Erie in Lorain County, Ohio.  Beres caught the Lake Trout December 1, 2017, using a JT Custom Crank Bait, by trolling with 20 lb test braided line.  Beres’ Lake Trout is 38 inches long and 25.5 inches in girth.  
 
His catch replaces the previous state record Lake Trout which was caught in Lake Erie by Tom Harbison on April 20, 2000 weighing 20.40 pounds and measuring 34 inches long.  Ohio’s record fish are determined on the basis of weight only. 
 
Ohio’s state record fish are certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee with assistance from fisheries biologists with the Ohio Division of Wildlife.  
 
Fisheries biologist Matt Faust from the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s Sandusky Fish Research Station confirmed the identification of Beres’ catch as a Lake Trout. 

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AAA Predicts Increase in Travelers Over Holiday Season

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (December 14, 2017) – AAA expects a record 107.3 million Americans, including nearly 4.5 million Ohioans, to journey 50 miles or more from home between Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 and Monday Jan. 1, 2018.
 
The projected travel volume is an increase of 3.1 percent nationally and 3.6 percent in Ohio, and marks the ninth consecutive year of year-end holiday travel growth. The growth comes despite the fact that this year’s 10-day year-end holiday travel period is one day shorter than last year.
 
“Across the board this year, travel has increased year-over-year for every major holiday weekend – Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving – and we project the same for the year-end holiday period,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing.
 
Steady economic growth continues to drive this year’s increase in travel, as stronger employment, rising incomes, low prices for goods and services, and increasing household assets are leading to more consumer spending.
 
Modes of Transportation:
 
.Automobiles: Higher gas prices than last year won’t keep drivers from traveling over the holidays. Nearly 91 percent of travelers (92 percent of Ohio travelers) will drive to their holiday destination. AAA expects to assist nearly 1 million (901,600) motorists across the country during the 10-day holiday period with dead batteries, flat tires, lockouts and more.  
 
.Planes: Lower air fares are fueling an increase in holiday air travel, with nearly 6.4 million Americans, including nearly 239,000 Ohioans flying this holiday – a 4.1 percent increase (4.4 percent in Ohio) over last year. Travelers should expect long security lines and plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their scheduled flight.
 
Holiday Traffic Headaches:
 
For this year’s holiday travel forecast, AAA partnered with INRIX, a global transportation and analytics company to analyze the best and worst times to travel.  
 
Based on historical and recent travel trends, drivers can expect the greatest amount of congestion before the holiday week – Wednesday, Dec. 20 and Thursday, Dec. 21 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Travel times during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the normal trip.
 
Travel Tip: Try to avoid traveling through major cities during peak travel times. The best times to leave are typically early morning or after the morning commute. If your schedule permits, traveling on the actual holiday often results in fewer cars on the road.
 
Holiday Travel Costs:
 
Holiday airfares are nearly 20 percent cheaper than last year. At $165, the average year-end holiday airfare for a round-trip ticket on the top 40 domestic routes is at a five-year low, according to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index. Competition, capacity, over-expansion and lower oil prices are contributing to the decline.
 
Travelers can also find savings at AAA Two and Three Diamond Rated hotels. On average, a Three Diamond hotel costs 2 percent less than last year, at $156 per night. AAA Two Diamond hotels cost 5 percent less, at an average of $121 per night.
 
Car rental rates are up 11 percent from last year, to an average of $74 per day. This sets a new five-year record high rate for the year-end holiday period.

 

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2018 County Fair Schedule Released

 

Ohioans can start planning visits to all of their favorite fairs across the state.

 

The Ohio Department of Agriculture on Wednesday released the official dates for the 2018 fair season.

 

The Marion County Fair is the first fair in our region, and it runs July 2-7, the Logan County Fair is July 8-14. That will be followed by the Union County Fair July 22-28, Auglaize County from July 29-August 4, Allen County August 17-25, Hancock County August 29-September 3. The Hardin County Fair runs from September 4-9. The Wyandot County Fair is scheduled for September 11-17.

 

The Ohio State Fair in Columbus will run from July 25-August 5.

 

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Ohio National Guard Has Busy 2017

 

Hurricane relief efforts were at the forefront of Ohio National Guard missions during the second half of the year.

 

From Hurricane Harvey to Hurricane Maria, more than 400 Ohio National Guard members were deployed between August and November to assist emergency management teams on the ground and in the air.

 

In addition to the deployments for hurricane relief efforts, more than 1,500 Airmen and Soldiers were deployed during the year in roles such as peacekeeping and humanitarian support across the globe, including Iraq, Kuwait and Africa.

 

Ohio Guard members also participated in several international training exercises as well.

 

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AAA Study Finds Premium Gasoline is Not Always Worth the Price

 
COLUMBUS, Ohio (December 12, 2017) – Premium gasoline offers some benefit to select vehicles, but the high cost may outweigh that advantage for many drivers, according to new AAA research. As a result, AAA recommends drivers weigh the potential benefits against the cost of using premium gasoline if their vehicle doesn’t require it.
 
Nearly 1.5 million 2016 vehicles sold in the United States recommend, but do not require, the use of premium gasoline (91 octane or higher). In the past few years the gap between premium and regular-grade gasoline has risen from 10 percent to 25 percent, or about 50 cents per gallon.
 
Past AAA research showed no benefit to using premium gasoline in a vehicle designed to operate on regular fuel. For this latest research, AAA partnered with the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center to determine what, if any, benefit premium gasoline offers vehicles that recommend, but do not require, the use of premium gasoline.
 
Key Findings:
 
Although drivers of these vehicles are unlikely to see any benefit from using premium gasoline during typical highway driving, when using premium fuel under extreme driving scenarios, such as towing, hauling cargo and aggressive acceleration, AAA laboratory tests found:
 
.Fuel economy for test vehicles averaged a 2.7 percent improvement. Individual vehicle test result averages ranged from a decrease of 1 percent (2016 Audi A3) to an improvement of 7.1 percent (2016 Cadillac Escalade).
    
.Horsepower for test vehicles averaged an increase of 1.4 percent. Individual vehicle test results averages ranged from a decrease of 0.3 percent (2016 Jeep Renegade) to an improvement of 3.2 percent (2017 Ford Mustang).
 
These modest fuel economy improvements during extreme driving scenarios do not offset the higher cost of premium gasoline.
 
“Premium fuel has the potential to boost a vehicle’s fuel economy and performance, but engines have to be calibrated to require that fuel to see the full benefit,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “Based on AAA’s testing, vehicles that only recommend premium gasoline can’t take full advantage of higher octane fuel and, as a result, the benefit that comes from upgrading to premium gasoline may not offset its high cost.”
 
Consumer Advice:
 
The trend toward recommending or requiring higher-octane fuel continues to rise as manufacturers work toward meeting stringent CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards. AAA offers the following advice to consumers:
 
.Follow the vehicle owner’s manual to determine which type of gasoline to use. Always use premium gasoline on vehicles that require it.
 
.Drivers of vehicles that recommend, but do not require, premium gasoline should consider their driving habits, and the potential benefits and costs associated with using higher-octane fuel.
 
.If your engine makes a “pinging” or “knocking” sound when using regular fuel in a vehicle that recommends premium gasoline, a higher-octane fuel may resolve the issue, but it’s a good idea to have the vehicle checked by a reputable repair shop.
 
.Drivers who choose to use premium fuel should shop around for the best price.
 
.Drivers looking for a higher quality fuel can select a TOP TIERTM gasoline. Previous AAA research found that gasoline meeting TOP TIERTM standards resulted in fewer engine deposits than non-TOP TIERTM fuel. TOP TIERTM gasoline is available in all octane levels. Learn more at TOPTIERgas.com.
 
The full report, fact sheet and other information regarding this study can be found on the AAA Newsroom.
 
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 58 million members with travel-, insurance-, financial- and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited online at AAA.com.

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Children at Higher Risk For Flu Virus

 

Children are at a higher risk for getting the Flu virus and Flu season is coming early this year.

 

According to the Ohio Department of Health, the state is above the five year average for reported cases during this time of year. 92 flu associated hospitalization were reported during the week ending at Dec. 2. Putting Ohio at 257 Flu related hospitalization for the year. Last year in Ohio there were 8,661 flu hospitalizations. The number of cases does fluctuate from year to year according to the Ohio Department of Health.

 

It is recommended that everyone receives a flu shot to avoid getting the flu this season. Children who are under the age of five are at a higher risk of contracting the flu virus. Anyone over the age of six months is able to receive a flu shot to reduce the risk of illness. Flu shots are 40-60 percent effective at preventing the flu virus.

 

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Flags at Half-Staff For Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

 

Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

 

Ohio Governor John Kasich has ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset in honor of those who lost their lives serving our country.

 

The Governor said it is a time to remember that tragic December morning and that we owe all men and women of our military a debt of gratitude for their service.

 

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Homelessness Drops in State of Ohio

 

Homelessness declined in Ohio according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

In Ohio, local communities reported 10,095 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, an overall decrease of 3 percent since last year and a decline of 19.7 percent since 2010.  

 

Meanwhile, the number persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness decreased by .8 percent since 2016 and declined by 67.6 percent since 2010. Homelessness among Veterans in Ohio decreased 7.3 percent from 2016 and 43.5 percent since 2010.

 

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Ohio First Responders to Enhance Communications

 

Ohio is improving first responder communications through an agreement with FirstNet, the public safety network that will enhance communications capabilities between federal, state, county and local first responders.

 

According to a release from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, the initiative complements MARCS, Ohio’s existing emergency communications network, which has enabled first responder communications for the past two decades.  MARCS is a land mobile radio network and FirstNet adds data transfer capability.

 

With FirstNet, emergency responders will have access to digital information, allowing them to share photos of a missing person, such as a child, or videos of an unfolding event as it happens.  

 

The information is shared across the first responder network in real time, whether voice, text, video or other forms of data.

 

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