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U.S. Labor Secretary stops by Cleveland to talk about job trends
Secretary Perez says while last month was bad for Ohio, the state as a whole is doing well

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez spoke in Cleveland today.
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U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez says both national and Ohio job numbers are a reason for optimism. 

Perez told the audience at the Cleveland City Club that more total jobs have been added in the first half of a year than any year since 1999.

But in July, Ohio led the U.S. in job losses. Secretary Perez says not to read too much into those numbers right now.


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"One month doesn’t make a trend," Perez says. "And you look at Ohio over the last 12 months, clearly moving in the right direction. The overall unemployment rate I think is 5.7 percent. And manufacturing is outperforming the nation, and the nation is doing well. And by the way, these are good middle-class jobs.”

Perez says the Obama Administration’s push to increase the minimum wage, and efforts to make education more affordable and accessible, are ways to stave off long-term unemployment. 

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