Over 65,000 more Ohio jobs added than first reported

Ohio added 65,000-plus more jobs to its work force since 2011 than initially reported, according to updated employment statistics released Friday by state and federal officials.

The total includes 51,000 jobs in 2013, 75,800 in 2012 and 81,800 in 2011, up from earlier projections of 25,600 in 2013, 40,300 in 2012 and 77,600 in 2011, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The new numbers are the result of an annual revision that takes place each February, with tax filings and other information taken into account to create a more accurate picture of actual work force trends over the past five years.

Bruce Madson, assistant director for employment services at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, compared the process to pre-election polling and post-election results -- the former generally offers a close estimation, but the latter better reflects reality.

Madson said the updated statistics show Ohio has experienced steady job creation over the past three years than earlier results indicated.

"What we're seeing is a consistent increase in employment that is fairly consistent through 2011, 2012 and 2013," he said. "It's been a steady, slow increase in jobs throughout the entire process without any real variations."

ODJFS Spokesman Ben Johnson added, "We saw the largest job growth in 2011, slightly smaller in 2012 and slightly smaller in 2013."

The updated statistics were released Friday, along with unemployment claims for January. For the month, the state rate was 6.9 percent, down from 7.1 percent in December and 7.3 percent in January 2013.

The national unemployment rate for January was 6.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in December and 7.9 percent a year earlier.

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