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JobsOhio says it helped create, maintain jobs in Ohio in 2013
Its report says it helped created nearly 18,000 jobs and keep another 70,000 jobs last year
Story by STEVE BROWN


 
JobsOhio says it used grants, tax breaks and other incentives to help secure the new jobs and keep another 70,000 jobs in Ohio in 2013.
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The state’s private job creation corporation says it helped created nearly 18,000 jobs last year. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Steve Brown has more.
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JobsOhio says it used grants, tax breaks, and other incentives to help secure the new jobs and keep another 70,000 jobs in Ohio last year. Advanced manufacturing led all sectors, with the report saying JobsOhio helped create more 4,500 jobs; that was followed by IT, financial services, and food processing and agribusiness. The 2013 report showed decreased in overall projects, jobs created, and new payroll compared to 2012.

JobsOhio is technically a private non-profit that uses the state’s wholesale liquor profits to dole out job incentives. It’s seen widespread criticism from Democrats, who says job numbers are overblown and the agency is cloaked in secrecy. JobsOhio is also the subject of a lawsuit now before the Ohio Supreme Court.

A statement from the Democratic candidate for state auditor, John Patrick Carney, says there's little to be proud of in the report.

"A year ago, we were promised that JobsOhio would be the envy of every state. Unfortunately, the economic reality for Ohioans is painful: Ohio's unemployment rate grew more than any other state, and we're 45th in the nation for job creation.

 "This report shows that JobsOhio spent even more taxpayer money behind closed doors, and fewer jobs were created. How many bad economic reports do we need to see to believe that this is not the way to grow Ohio’s economy? As long as this continues, I will do everything I can to ensure Ohioans’ tax dollars are being used in the most effective way possible.” 

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