Category Archives: Labor

Ohio Jobs Tracker: What caused Ohio’s increase in labor force participation?

Something strange is happening in Ohio. In recent years, the Ohio economy has been mediocre to dead-last when it comes to most economic metrics. But lately, the Buckeye State has led the country in one of the most important economic …

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Buckeye Institute concerned by April job losses, but sees signs of long-term recovery

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s free-market think tank found an encouraging sign in the state’s April jobs report released Friday morning. Although The Buckeye Institute’s Rea S. Hederman Jr. is concerned by the loss of 13,600 jobs, he said the new report …

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Ending the Mandatory Use of Project Labor Agreements Will Save Taxpayer Dollars

Ohio needs many different labor reforms.  Ending the mandatory use of labor agreements (PLAs) in public projects will save Ohio taxpayers money.  PLAs pick winners and losers. Among those losers are the millions of Ohio taxpayers, businesses, and non-union employees …

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Ohio job growth exceptionally strong in February

Ohio added 12,400 jobs in February, a sign that the state’s economy is moving forward. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.9%. “The February jobs report has great news for Ohio as thousands of people entered the labor force and …

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White House chief economist supports reduced licensing

By Alan J. Beam The Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors testified February 2 on occupational licensing before a United States Senate Subcommittee.  The White House’s chief economist Jason Furman noted, “The share of the U.S. workforce covered …

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The Buckeye Institute’s CEO Robert Alt: Worker freedom not death knell for public sector unions

Should government workers be forced to pay fees to a union they didn’t join to subsidize policies with which they disagree? On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a potentially landmark First Amendment case: Friedrichs v. …

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New Analysis: Ohio job growth in November

By Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Joe Nichols Ohio’s jobs report was generally favorable in November. Total employment increased by 9,900 during the month. Private businesses added 7,000 jobs, and governments added another 2,900. High oil and gas production in …

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