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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Area unemployment rates varied slightly in May, dropping by at least a tenth of a percentage point in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties although rising by a tenth of a point in the region’s largest city, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports From a 6.0% rate in April for all three counties, unemployment fell to 5.9% in Columbiana and Trumbull counties and by two tenths of a point in Mahoning County to 5.8%, according to the state data, which was released this morning. In May 2013, both Mahoning and Trumbull counties...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini says he has dreamed for 25 years of bringing television and film production to his hometown here. Now his dream is at the heart of a proposed reality show he is working on with the director of the biopic based on the boxing champ’s life. “Boom Boom Goes Home” is the tentative title of the reality show, which would chronicle the former World Boxing Association lightweight champion and his efforts to develop TV and film production locally. Mancini, whose Boom Boom...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Home sales declined during May in Mahoning and Trumbull counties compared to May 2013, while Columbiana County sales were up, monthly data released by the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors shows. Sales totaled 202 single-family units in May in Mahoning County, down from 239 a year earlier and on par with April’s 201 sold. In Trumbull County, the 138 houses sold in May is down from 161 a year earlier and down from the 151 sold in April. In Columbiana County, May’s 73 units sold surpassed the 60 sold a year earlier and the 61 sold in...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore WARREN, Ohio -- Youngstown Design Works is hosting its inaugural Pop-Up Shop this week at 124 N. Park Ave., providing graphic design consultation to nearby businesses and nonprofit organizations for a nominal fee. Design Works, which began operations in April, is an agency operated by Youngstown State University art students. For the Pop-Up Shop, 11 students are working with clients such as the Warren Business Exchange and the Associated School Employees Credit Union. “We want to support small businesses,...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

DALLAS -- U.S. metropolitan regions will continue to lead the way in stimulating the economy, propelling it to achieve its growth potential of more than 3%, a rate not reached since 2004, a new report has found. By 2016, nearly three-quarters of all metros included in the study (269) will have unemployment rates lower than 6%. The projected growth rate of the Youngstown-Warren Ohio-Pennsylvania metro region, however, is among the lowest, with a rate of a negative 0.4%. The report, released during the 82nd annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors, also...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The Eastern Ohio Education Partnership has been awarded grants from four foundations to support its collective impact model. The model analyzes data to identify education programs doing “great work” and organizes the individuals doing such work to create and measure a shared set of goals, says Nicole Ferraro, chairman of the partnership board. The partnership has received $165,000 from The Raymond John Wean Foundation, $25,000 from the Youngstown Foundation, $10,000 from the Frank & Pearl Gelbman Foundation and  $5,000 from the Ward Beecher...

Monday, June 23, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sales of houses statewide were down 3.2% in May from a year earlier, the Ohio Association of Realtors reported today. May’s unit sales itotaled 12,406, down from 12,814, according to the monthly report. May’s sales were up 17.7% in Ohio from the 10,538 in April. Year-to-date, 45,914 houses have been sold statewide, compared with 48,764 during the first five months of 2013. A total of 3,765 units were sold during May in the area covered by the Northeast Ohio Real Estate Exchange, which includes Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, the...

Monday, June 23, 2014

NILES, Ohio -- West Corp. plans to hire 150 workers at its call center here as the company continues to expand into the health-care market. A job fair will be held July 2-3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its offices, 5185 Youngstown Warren Road. West, based in Omaha, said the positions focus on providing inbound customer service related to billing, payments, order fulfillment, and general customer inquiries for a mail-order prescription drug provider. Applicants are required to have intermediate level computer, typing and grammar skills. A high-school diploma or GED and...

Monday, June 23, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- WorkLife by Meridian, a provider of workforce wellness, occupational health and testing, reports it has qualified for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). According to FMCSA, the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners is a new program designed to “promote and preserve the highest level of professional standards, training and care among medical examiners.” The agency has strict regulations surrounding qualifications for commercial motor vehicle (...

Monday, June 23, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio -- For Specialty Pipe & Tube Inc., the flurry of oil and gas activity that’s swarming the Utica shale play in eastern Ohio and the Marcellus shale in western Pennsylvania is in many ways just icing on the cake. In fact, the company has witnessed a steady increase in its business over the past 12 years, long before Big Energy began spending billions of dollars to tap into the vast repository of natural gas trapped in the two rock formations, says its president. “We sell across so many...

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