The latest jobless rate reported for Stark Count is up slightly. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported a 4.6 percent jobless rate in December compared to the 4.5 percent unemployment rate in November and October. The county's unemployment rate is still below the state's 4.8 percent average and the national rate of 5.6 percent. In December of 2013 the jobless rate was 6.8 percent. Holmes County reported the lowest rate in the area of 2.9 percent.
The eastbound lanes of US 30 near Raff Road SW were closed early Tuesday due to an accident. Crews were called to the area just before 7:00 Tuesday morning to respond to a two-vehicle crash. Officials say two people were taken to Aultman Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. It was expected around 8:00 a.m. that the road would reopen soon. A second crash was reported at about 6:00 on Route 30 in the city as well. Details about that crash haven't been released.
Local students are taking to social media to keep their current superintendent. Rumors are apparently circulating that Perry Local Schools Superintendent Marty Bowe is being forced to resign. A number of students continue to post to Twitter support messages followed by the hashtags #MartyBowe and #SaveMarty2k15. Some students are publicly announcing their plans to transfer schools should Bowe leave the district and others suggest Bowe is being bullied and someone needs to stand up for what's right. According to numerous Twitter posts the many students and other supports planned to attend Tuesday night's school board meeting at Pfeiffer at 6:30.
Foreclosures, short sales and other âdistressedâ properties continue to play a smaller role in central Ohioâs housing market, according to a new report by Columbus Realtors.
The cost of insuring autos and homes in Ohio is expected to rise in 2015, although rates will continue to be below the national average.
During the past year at Port Columbus, a new $12.5 million hotel opened, a $130 million runway improvement project was completed and an $80 million terminal renovation passed the halfway mark. But perhaps the most important number, and one that perhaps pleased airport officials most, was the increase in passenger traffic â a signal that the economy is picking up.
The list of Ohio-made vehicles has expanded by one with the start of Acura ILX production yesterday in Marysville. Honda, which owns Acura, said last year that it was moving assembly of the compact car to Marysville from Greensburg, Ind., which had produced the model since its debut in 2012.