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Workers productive, but making less
Dayton — A new report says Ohio workers are more productive and better educated, but they aren’t necessarily making more money as a result.
Ohio productivity grew by nearly 67 percent between 1979 and 2013, while median hourly wages fell by 1.1 percent when adjusted for inflation. That’s according to a recent analysis of jobs data from Policy Matters Ohio, a Cleveland-based economic think tank.
Ohio’s median wage was $15.81 last year, slightly above 2012 but well below the highs of $17.11 and $17.12 in 1999 and 1979. The report says Ohio’s median wage is now nearly 90 cents less per hour than the national median.
Economists tell the Dayton Daily News that much of the productivity improvement in recent years has been driven by technology, which requires fewer workers.
— Associated PresS

Goodyear won’t build plant in Ohio
Akron — Akron and Summit County officials say Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. won’t build its new $500 million plant in Ohio.
Officials received a letter Sept. 2 from the Akron-based tire company, explaining that Ohio will no longer be considered for the new factory, which will serve Goodyear’s North American and Latin American businesses.
Despite efforts by Akron officials and local union leaders to persuade Goodyear to build its plant where the company was founded, Goodyear said in the letter that a review of logistics, labor costs and access to a deep-sea port led to the decision.
The company announced plans in May for the state-of-the-art factory, which will make about 6 million tires annually.
Goodyear says it expects to make a final decision on the factory’s location in early 2015.
 — Associated PresS

Cedar Point to close roller coaster
Sandusky — Cedar Point announced Sept. 2 that one of its steel scream machines will close permanently.
Mantis, which was billed the tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up roller coaster in the world when it opened on May 11, 1996, will shut down permanently at 8 p.m. Oct. 19.
Mantis has provided more than 22 million unique rides for passengers secured in a standing position on trains.
“It’s time to say goodbye to one of the park’s coasters, and it’s certainly been a different kind of ride for our guests,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point.
Additional plans for the 2015 season will be announced a later date, according to the park.
— Associated Press

State warns of driveway scams
Columbus — Ohio’s attorney general says residents should be on the lookout for driveway paving and contractor scams.
Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office reports it has received more than 60 complaints involving asphalt, concrete or paving since June. In half of the complaints, consumers reported the transactions began with a door-to-door visit.
Consumers listed cracked concrete, faulty drainage, ineffective sealing and uneven driveways in their complaints. The disputed amount in the complaints averages more than $3,000.
The attorney general’s office says consumers should check contractors’ reputations, ask family and friends for contractor recommendations, and get all contract terms in writing. Consumers should also avoid paying large down payments or paying in full until the work is complete.
— Associated PresS

Video in Wal-Mart shooting sought
Cincinnati — The president of Ohio’s legislative black caucus is urging the state attorney general to release surveillance video of the fatal police shooting of a young black man in a suburban Dayton Wal-Mart store.
State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) says on her web site that she has written to Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine expressing deep concern that information isn’t being released in a way that inspires confidence, especially in the African-American community.
DeWine has said making the video public could lead to claims that the jury pool has been tainted if an upcoming grand jury investigation leads to charges.
A grand jury will meet Sept. 22 to consider charges in shooting of John Crawford III. Police say he didn’t respond to orders to put down an air rifle.
— Associated PresS

 

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