Job growth soared in central Ohio during second quarter

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August 14, 2013

Job growth in central Ohio was up sharply this spring, according to a report released this morning from the region’s economic-development group. It shows the region gaining jobs at twice the rate of the state and nation.

The Columbus metropolitan area added 15,600 jobs in the April 1-to-June 30 period, a gain of 1.6 percent, which puts the total number of jobs in the area at a record 967,700. Job growth for the state, meanwhile, was 0.5 percent and 0.4 percent nationally over the same period.

The total number of jobs for the region is higher than what other data show because Perry and Hocking counties are included in the report.

The unemployment rate for the region edged higher to 6.2 percent for the quarter, but it remains below the state and national averages.

The region reported greater-than-average gains in manufacturing, health care, business services and leisure sectors.

mawilliams@dispatch.com