Columbus’ Business First had a link to a report on Safe Places to Live in Ohio. Although none of Central Ohio’s communities made the Top 20, three were between 20-25. Powell was ranked 21, Marysville ranked 23 and Dublin ranked 25. Upper Arlington ranked 31.
“In terms of feeling secure, Ohio’s crime rate is significantly lower than the national average. Between 2013 and 2014, both violent and property crime rates declined with some of the steepest drops occurring in the robbery and burglary categories.”
The article said that Ohio’s Crime Rate is significantly lower than the National Average. Although not mentioned in the article, I wonder if Ohio’s open-carry law and the popularity of concealed carry licenses is due somewhat to lower crime rates.
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MSN/Money announced their “50 Best Suburbs“. Most of the suburbs were in the Midwest … not surprising to those of us who call the heartland home.
As I was scrolling through the list, I noticed many were Ohio suburbs! In fact, 13 of the 50 were in Ohio. MSN/Money’s criteria evaluated:
- Population 5000 to 100,000
- Average commute time
- Median household income
- School, poverty & crime rates
- Availability of affordable housing
The 13 Ohio suburbs were:
COLUMBUS AREA – 3 are in MSN’s Top 10!
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The March-ending numbers were so bad that even the Obamabots had trouble spinning them into something positive. I wrote down these numbers as they became available on the Fox Business channel while watching Varney & Co.
- Only 88,000 new jobs were created in March. The economy needs to be adding 200,000-300,000 in order to get things rolling again.
- The unemployment rate dropped to 7.6% because 500,000 people dropped out of the labor pool.
- 21,600,000 people are either under-employed or unemployed.
- 90,000,000 people over age 16 are NOT working, either by choice or circumstance.
- 58% of the jobs created since Obama took office have been low-wage jobs.
- The labor participation rate dropped to 63.3% … the lowest since 1979 (see chart below).
Labor Participation Rate 1979-2013
(click to enlarge)
America has too many people not working; too many people working in jobs they’re over-qualified for; too many people having to work part-time at one, two or maybe three jobs; and too many people having to live on government hand-outs. Under ObamaCare it will get even worse when smaller businesses cut their staff below 50 employees and/or cut full-time employees to part-time to avoid the insurance costs.
Ohio’s unemployment drops for the 10th straight month. Unemployment rate dropped for May, going from 7.4% in April to 7.3% in May. That compares quite favorably to the 9.2% rate in December 2010 before the new governor, John Kasich, took office.
The May numbers as being reported by local media are:
- Ohio unemployment rate: 7.3% for May 2012; 7.4% for Apr 2012; 8.8% for May 2011.
- U.S. unemployment rate: 8.2% for May 2012; 8.1% for Apr 2012; 9.0% for May 2011.
- Ohio unemployed: 426,000 for May 2012; 431,000 for Apr 2012; 512,000 for May 2011.
- Ohio employed: 5,158,900 for May 2012; 5,139,300 for Apr 2012.
According to one report (not verified) Ohio created 28% of all jobs created in U.S. in May. That’s quite outstanding if it’s true.
If you like to look at lots of numbers and charted graphs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has historical graphs for each State. Click here for Ohio’s graphs.
Ohio continues to improve for 5th straight month! Unemployment rate dropped again for April, going from 7.5% in March to 7.4% in April. That compares quite favorably to the 9.5% rate in December 2010 before the new governor, John Kasich, took office.
In December 2010, 560,000 people were unemployed. In March 2012, 438,000 were unemployed, and it further dropped to 431,000 in April 2012. That’s an additional 129,000 people with paychecks since Kasich’s tenure began.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of employees by industry for Ohio in April 2012 vs April 2011 is:
Employees by Ohio Industry
|Trade, Transportation, Utility
The National unemployment rate continues to be above 8%, at 8.1%, but there’s much debate on the accuracy of that number because it does not include people who have dropped out of the market or are underemployed.
Let’s hope the Governor continues his successes to bring or keep businesses here in Ohio which will certainly help our housing market. As you can see from the chart, two industries connected with real estate are at the bottom of the chart growth. Plus, since Realtors® are self-employed (don’t qualify for unemployment) we’re not even included in the unemployment numbers even though a substantial number of agents have had to exit the business.