The state’s private job creation corporation says it helped created nearly 18,000 jobs last year. From Ohio public radio station WOSU, Steve Brown has more.
JobsOhio says it used grants, tax breaks, and other incentives to help secure the new jobs and keep another 70,000 jobs in Ohio last year. Advanced manufacturing led all sectors, with the report saying JobsOhio helped create more 4,500 jobs; that was followed by IT, financial services, and food processing and agribusiness.
The 2013 report showed decreases in overall projects, jobs created, and new payroll compared to 2012. JobsOhio is technically a private non-profit that uses the state’s wholesale liquor profits to dole out job incentives. It has been harshly criticized by Democrats, who say its job creation claims are overblown and it is cloaked in secrecy. JobsOhio is also the subject of a lawsuit now before the Ohio Supreme Court.