Here are the latest jobs/unemployment statistics:
Nationally: 4.7% unemployment. Pretty nice, huh?
Ohio: 5.5% Hmm . . . not so nice. Worse: that's up from 5% last month.
Miami County (where Piqua is): 5.7% -- by the way, that's up 2/10ths from a year ago!
Montgomery County (where Dayton is, south of here): 5.9% -- fortunately, that's down.
Now, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services cheerfully says,
"The rise in Ohio's unemployment rate in April was the result of more people looking for work as job prospects improved," said ODJFS Director Barbara Riley. "While the unemployment rate increased last month, the increase in the number of people employed was the largest monthly increase since December 1999."
Back in the day, Governor Jim Rhodes (I'm not a fan) would say, the issue is "jobs, jobs, jobs!"