State of Working Ohio 2011

September 4th, 2011
   

It won’t come as news to anyone that Ohio workers are struggling this Labor Day, but the numbers are particularly grim. The State of Working Ohio, 2011 finds that median wages declined more in Ohio than in any other state between 2000 and 2010, that male employment-to-population ratios and labor-force participation are the lowest in recorded history in Ohio, and that Ohio and national long-term unemployment are the highest in more than sixty years of record keeping. As federal and state policymakers obsess about deficits, lowering taxes, and slashing the public sector, it is clear that they are missing the point. What Ohio really needs is a much stronger job creation agenda. This report provides a roadmap back to an economy where every Ohioan can contribute and every Ohioan can benefit.

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‘Cincinnati Enquirer: ‘Workers Squeezed on Pay’

 Toledo Blade editorial: ‘Labor Day Blues’

 Akron Beacon Journal editorial: ‘Working Agenda’

 Channel 5 News story: ‘Ohio Workers’ Hourly Pay Shrinking Faster Than in Any Other U.S. State’

 Plain Dealer: ‘Is Making Less Becoming the Norm?’

 Plain Dealer editorial:  ‘A Sobering Labor Day Snapshot’

 Columbus Dispatch: ‘Who is Middle Class?’