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Marsilio steps down
from commissioners
Tommie Jo Marsilio, who was the first Republican elected to the Portage County commissioners since 1992, confirmed last week she intends to resign from the panel.
Marsilio said she is resigning Jan. 27 to join the legal staff of the Ohio Turnpike Commission. “I’ve gotten just an incredible professional opportunity,” Marsilio said. She will be the turnpike commission’s director of contracts administration and compliance.
“I will be back in the business of formally using my law degree and training,” she said.
There’s no conflict of interest in working for the turnpike and remaining a county commissioner, Marsilio said, except “you cannot do two full-time jobs.”
Marsilio said that when she started on the county board, she thought she could do the commissioner job and maintain her law practice. “I found out I couldn’t do that. It’s very much a full-time job,” she said.
— Mike Sever, Record-Courier
Portage’s jobless rate
goes up to 6.8 percent
Portage County’s jobless rate ticked back up to 6.8 percent in November, the same as in September, after dropping to 6.7 percent in October. Rates rose in 60 of Ohio’s 88 counties in November, according to numbers released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The state’s not seasonally adjusted rate was 7.1 percent in November while the comparable U.S. rate was 6.6 percent. The monthly adjusted rates were 7.4 for Ohio and 7.0 percent for the U.S.
Portage had 6,300 jobless and looking for work in November out of a workforce of 92,600, according to the ODJFS statistics. Portage ranked 59th out of Ohio’s counties. Mercer county had the lowest rate at 4.4 percent, while Monroe County was highest at 15.6 percent.
Portage’s highest jobless rate during the recession was 11.6 percent in January 2010 when there were 10,700 residents out of work.
November rates for counties abutting Portage (with the October rates) are: Cuyahoga 7.4 (6.9); Geauga 5.9 (5.0); Mahoning 8.2 (7.9); Stark 7.2 (7.2); Summit 6.8 (6.8); and Trumbull 8.0 (7.6).
— Mike Sever, Record-Courier

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