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Columbus area unemployment at 3.9 percent

Central Ohio’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent last month, down from 4 percent in July 2018, according to data the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released Tuesday. The rate is not seasonally adjusted. The 10-county metropolitan statistical area’s civilian labor force had nearly 1.12 million workers last month — 21,300 more than July [...]

By | 2019-08-23T07:56:12+00:00 Friday, August 23, 2019|

Textiles evolving to meet demand for sustainable materials

Whether it’s how they’re made or what they’re made of, textiles are evolving to meet consumer demand for sustainability. “There’s a real push for sustainability now, and the home textiles industry is waking up to that consumer call,” says Shannon Maher, chair of Home Products Development at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York. [...]

By | 2019-08-23T07:49:19+00:00 Friday, August 23, 2019|

Execs starting to worry about tariffs’ effects on consumers

Americans continue to shop, vacation and buy cars at a brisk clip. But corporate America is starting to worry out loud that President Donald Trump's tariffs will depress consumer spending and undermine the economy. Home Depot, the nation's largest home improvement chain, said as much on this week, when it reported higher-than-expected profits for the [...]

By | 2019-08-23T07:37:35+00:00 Friday, August 23, 2019|

Agriculture continues to have significant impact on Ohio’s economy

Agriculture is the number one contributor to Ohio’s economy and of the state’s 74,500 farms, about half have livestock. Ohio is one of the top leading producers for livestock, according to the Ohio Livestock Coalition. According to the coalition, Ohio cattle farmers raise about 296,000 cows with approximately 2,200 dairy farms and 2.95 million hogs [...]

By | 2019-08-23T07:30:16+00:00 Friday, August 23, 2019|

Planned Parenthood sees swift fallout from quitting federal program

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping into financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases in the wake of its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in a dispute with the Trump administration over abortion. [...]

By | 2019-08-22T15:45:06+00:00 Friday, August 23, 2019|

Department stores make room for used fashion

NEW YORK (AP) — Out with the new and in with the old. As department stores watch their customers flock to second-hand stores, some are trying to bring them back by partnering with online resale sites. Last week, J.C. Penney and Macy’s announced a pilot program to set aside sections inside a few dozen of [...]

By | 2019-08-20T14:54:40+00:00 Thursday, August 22, 2019|

Memorial Health, OSU Wexner mark 10-year partnership

Memorial Health and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s The Heart Partnership was created to focus on improving the heart and vascular health of northwest central Ohio. And a decade later, Marysville-based Memorial Health System reports a 71 percent rise in office visits since the program’s inception. The partnership provides area residents access to [...]

By | 2019-08-20T14:57:55+00:00 Thursday, August 22, 2019|

17 named to Ohio Farm Bureau leadership program

Seventeen farmers and agribusiness professionals have been selected to participate in Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2019-20 AgriPOWER Institute. The goal of the elite, yearlong training program is to help participants become community leaders and advocates for agriculture. During the course of the year, participants are expected to attend multiple sessions to learn about public policy matters [...]

By | 2019-08-20T14:56:23+00:00 Thursday, August 22, 2019|