Unemployment rates in Ohio have fallen to their lowest rates since 2008 as employers begin hiring more, the Springfield News Sun reports.
According to the news source, the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Clark County fell sharply from 8 percent in March to 7.2 percent in April. Data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, released on Tuesday, May 22, shows Springfield county also registered an impressive drop, from 8.2 percent to 7.6 percent.
Champaign County notched an unemployment rate of 7.2 percent in April, compared with 7.7 percent in March. The last time such low jobless rates were noted throughout the state was in November 2008.
"We’re seeing employers are more optimistic than they have been for a while," said Kelly Mori, spokeswoman for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.
Mori said last week's job fair, which brought in 38 employers and more than 750 people hoping to secure employment, is evidence of the improved sentiment among companies.
"Employers are still cautious, but they’re optimistic," she added.
In Champaign County, the Champaign Technology and Employment Center (ETEC) is seeing such drastic increases in hiring that it has started to help companies host smaller job fairs to find local talent, the media outlet stated.
"We currently have applications for 24 [companies] and have 695 job postings in our job books and 2,891 jobs posted on our website within 20 miles of Urbana’s zip code," said Eric Welty, eligibility reference supervisor for CTEC.
The cautious optimism employers are showing has been beneficial for staffing agencies, as companies find it tremendously useful to give potential employees a trial run before bringing them on full-time.
"A lot of staff agencies are having their best year ever," said Lehan Peters, deputy director of Job and Family Services of Clark County. "With that trend, you can kind of monitor and engage with employees and then the number of direct hires goes up."
As more regional employment reports are issued, a better picture of the current hiring landscape across the country is being painted, the Buffalo News reports. The New York Labor Department also released its latest statistics on Tuesday, which noted modest job growth helped the Buffalo Niagara region's unemployment rate drop to 8.3 last month from 8.5 in March.