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Ohio Businesses Plan To Expand Jobs Despite Economic Uncertainty

Job seekers at one of two fulfillment centers in Central Ohio.
Esther Honig

A new report from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce says businesses it surveyed in the Buckeye State plan to hire employees despite the uncertainty of economic stability.

The Executive Director of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s Research Foundation, Justin Barnes, says 400 business leaders were surveyed. He says every company polled between January 28 and February 10  planned to add jobs in the first three months of this year despite apprehensions about the future of Ohio’s economy.

“About 71 percent of respondents said the current climate is either excellent or good so I think there was some hesitation regarding the federal shutdown but they still planned to move forward anyway, thinking that it would be resolved shortly," Barnes says.

Barnes says the top concern among business leaders was the cost of health care.