News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Hospice of the Western Reserve


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Economy and Business


Ohioans say they are spending more at the State Fair
Ohio State Fair visitors says they are spending more on the Midway as unemployment drops and the economy recovers
Story by TOM BORGERDING


 
Ohio State Fair visitors say the have upped the spending at the Midway.
Courtesy of Ohio State Fair
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Consumer confidence is the highest in more than five years. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU's Tom Borgerding reports the brighter outlook is evident this year along the Midway at the Ohio State Fair.

LISTEN: BORGERDING ON FAIR

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:58)


As a roaming polka band plays, the state fair Midway is jammed. Tens of thousands of visitors come annually to the Fair and this year they are more upbeat. Tim and Kathy Miller of Tiro and Kim Covey of Bucyrus are shopping for souvenir T-shirts. All three say they are opening their wallets and pocketbooks a bit more this year.

“Wherever the food takes us," Kathy Miller says. "We have a pocketful of money. His tummy takes us to the food.”

“I took about $80 in cash and my debit card in case it wasn’t enough,” Kim Covey says.

Backing up the numbers
The Midway mood reflects both national and regional economic surveys. The Federal Reserve bank of Cleveland says banks are lending more money. Retail sales, including sales of new cars, are climbing slowly and payrolls are growing. Covey and the Millers say see concrete evidence of economic growth.

“There’s more jobs that came about within the last few years. ... We actually welcomed back our BMV just a few weeks ago," Covery says. "So getting a BMV back in your community is a good thing.”

“There’s jobs coming back," Tim Miller says. "The American people are ready to work. They just need jobs.”

“You see them online all the time, you know, when you can go online and look up a job and there’s a lot of listings that weren’t there a few years back,” Kathy Miller says.

Ohio's unemployment picture
Ohio’s unemployment rate has fallen steadily since January from 6.9 percent to 5.5 percent. Joshua Brooker brought his family to the state fair. He started a new job as an auto mechanic last week.

"The government’s pushing money back in the economy for a stimulus," Brooker says. "That’s making a lot of difference."

Retiree Willie Hall of Columbus is less optimistic. He says he will stick to his state fair budget of about 50 bucks. Hall worked for decades for a chemical manufacturer. He says while Ohio is starting to turnaround, it is worse off economically than some western states.

“Unemployment’s still too high," hall says. "You’ve got to get that down and more productivity before things get better.”

Paul Smith of Dublin makes a finer distinction. He works for a staffing agency and see the Central Ohio job market from the front lines.

“The blue-collar jobs are done but the white collar and high tech and things like that are pretty good,” Smith says.

Smith smiles as he walks toward the skyride. The Midway is nearly full of visitors and like Smith many are feeling more positive about their financial future.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook



Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio lawmakers propose grants for home construction for disabled people
We have been trying to have a "Visitability Bill" passed for years. Thanks, Greg

Lake County crimes may give Trump immigration fodder
Shoddy reporting at best. "Mixed views" The question that came to my mind was, "How many people did he have to interview to get "mixed views". Do the two peo...

Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announces plans to improve Medicare by lowering prescription costs for seniors
Sounds good. I'm living in Florida to escape the snow. So far it's working. I retired from GM in 2000. Keep pushing for all the working people. In the long run ...

The tiny town that time, and elections, forgot may go out of existence
Thank you for this story. I grew up in Limaville, my parents home is there still...unsellable due to the septic/sewer problem. Sometimes I am sorry I left...wis...

Where Ohio'sJohn Kasich stands in the presidential polls
We are fans of Gov. Kasich since he served in the House of Representatives. It pleases us to finally see him as the potential President of the United States. We...

Cleveland hosts the first national Movement for Black Lives conference
What a wonderful experience this was, So much love and understanding, without all of the other distractions that tend to come with organizing for change, this e...

Air Force unit gets training and Youngstown gets rid of some eyesores
Do they have to totally destroy all the beautiful oak and leaded windows, which I am thinking are probably there? Do they just have to destroy them like that? C...

Jewish challah and Native American fry bread at an Akron cultural exchange
Each time I saw the young students relate to each other, I got goose bumps. These young students can and hopefully will teach all of us to live and respect eac...

One of the Cleveland Orchestra's most celebrated musicians bids farewell
I had the honor of studying with Franklin Cohen in the late 80s and early 90s. He is unparalleled both as a clarinetist and as a musician. His deep personal war...

Summa's dress code is not 'etched in stone'
SOME OF THESE POLICIES ARE A COMPLETE JOKE. UNLESS YOU ARE DOING THESE TYPE OF JOBS EVERY DAY, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IS COMFORTABLE AND REASONABLE OR NOT. UNLESS ...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University