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Ohio sheds nearly 6K jobs in April

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 9:43 AM
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 10:05 AM


            Construction continued late last year on Dayton Children’s Hospital’s new eight-story, 260,000 square-foot patient tower, which is scheduled to be completed in June. Ohio construction firms shed 7,400 jobs last month, according to the most recent figures from the state jobs department. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Construction continued late last year on Dayton Children’s Hospital’s new eight-story, 260,000 square-foot patient tower, which is scheduled to be completed in June. Ohio construction firms shed 7,400 jobs last month, according to the most recent figures from the state jobs department. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Ohio’s unemployment rate edged down to 5 percent in April from 5.1 percent in March even as employers statewide eliminated 5,700 jobs over the same period, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services announced Friday.

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The biggest job losses were in construction and manufacturing, which last month shed 7,400 and 5,800 jobs, respectively, according to the jobs report. The losses offset gains in professional and business services (+6,100), and leisure and hospitality (+5,000).

Jon Keeling, a spokesman for the state jobs department, attributed the loss of construction jobs to seasonal adjustments “since it seems most construction workers were hired earlier this year.” Since December 2016, construction jobs are up by 8,200, Keeling noted.

The decrease in the manufacturing sector was largely the result of temporary layoffs by Chrysler as they shift production of the Jeep Cherokee out of Toledo to make room for the next generation Jeep Wrangler, Keeling said. Chrysler has indicated all of those jobs will return.

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Overall, 288,000 Ohioans were unemployed in April, down 5,000 from 293,000 in March, according to the report, which showed the number of unemployed has increased by 5,000 in the past 12 months from 283,000.

At the same time, Ohio’s labor force — or the number of people working or actively seeking jobs — grew by 21,000, pushing the state’s labor force participation rate to 63.1 percent — slightly above the national rate of 62.9 percent in April.

“Workers enter the labor force when they have confidence in the economy, and Ohio’s labor force has been surging over the past year,” Keeling said, noting Ohio’s labor force has grown by 76,000 over the past 12 months.

The U.S. labor force grew by 12,000 last month as the national unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent, down from 4.5 percent in March.

11 rookie mistakes to avoid during the first year of your new job

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:57 PM

Here's what you should do when starting your own business, according to the Small Business Administration Be aware of the many different laws and regulations you must comply with Decide on your business structure Don't give up when something isn't working Be comfortable with uncertainty and a lack of security Be willing to change your perspective at a moment's notice and act quickly

Whether you're in your first job straight out of college or are a seasoned professional starting with a different company, your first year can set the tone for success or failure. 

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Early mistakes can be difficult to overcome and can torpedo your career in the longer term.

The following are 11 rookie mistakes you'll want to avoid during the first year of your new job:

Ignoring the office culture

Each office has its own way of doing things, and it's part of your job to learn the culture of the organization you're becoming a part of, according to Fortune. Focus on what the company's priorities are, who the decision-makers are and how they arrive at their conclusions. Even if your goal is to change the organization, you'll first have to learn how to fit in.

Trying too hard

Although it's tempting to try to prove your worth immediately, trying to do this too fast can make you look arrogant, Fast Company advises. Instead, ask a lot of questions, which will help you learn the ropes as well as build trust with your colleagues.

Not clarifying expectations

The Public Relations Society of America recommends meeting with your manager to discuss your responsibilities, priorities, how your performance will be evaluated and how your role fits into the company's goals. You'll also want to request ongoing feedback to ensure that you're staying on the right track.

Forgetting relationship-building

You can start a new job with a plan for success, but you can't leave people out of the equation, according to Time. Know whose help you need to get your work done, and build productive relationships with these employees.

Taking on more than you can handle

In an effort to prove your worth, you may be tempted to take on more responsibility than you can handle. Experteer.com recommends that you make sure you can handle your workload and you're properly trained for new tasks, or you could be setting yourself up for failure.

Failing to listen

You may start a new job trying to show what you know, but don't dominate conversations, Time warns. Instead, listen to others, who can guide you with valuable input.

Talking about your previous employer

Think of your former employer as a previous boyfriend or girlfriend. Your current significant other doesn't want to be compared to your ex, and your present employer doesn't want to hear constant comparisons to your old company. You can mention things that worked at your former employer, but be helpful, not pushy, Experteer.com says.

Turning down invitations

Building bonds with your new colleagues is an important skill, so if you're invited to lunch, Bubble Jobs says you should take the opportunity. Otherwise, you could find that you're not asked again and will find yourself out of the loop.

Exaggerating your skills or experience

Don't act as if you know more than you do, Fast Company warns. Embellishing your skills and experience will come back to haunt you, so if you don't know something, own up to it and learn about it.

Holding back

Dawn Zier, the CEO of Nutrisystem, told Fortune that learning the ins and outs of the whole company is important. You should make time to meet people in all departments and hit the ground running and working collaboratively. Don't be afraid to ask constructive questions, but make sure they're well thought-out and that you listen carefully to the answers.

Over- or under-sharing

You shouldn't share your entire life story with your colleagues, but you also don't want to talk only about work, according to The Muse. Strike the right balance between over-sharing and being too silent, which can make you harder to relate to and make you seem arrogant or aloof.

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The Mandalay banquet facility sold to new owners

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:48 PM


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The Mandalay Catering & Banquet Facility has been acquired by a catering company that plans to partner with the former owners on operations.

Molly McConnell, CEO of Little Miami River Catering Company, said her company will partner with the former owners of Dayton’s largest banquest center at 2700 East River Road. The banquet facility was owned by Don and Cay Phillips for more than 30 years and they plan to remain active in the business.

McConnell called the acquisition a “partnership,” and said the current staff will remain on-board and not much will change. The same head chef will also remain in charge and current menu items will still be served. Planned events will not be impacted by the purchase, she said.

“I think there will be a lot more energy … we have a forward-thinking way of doing business,” McConnell said, who owns the catering business with her husband. McConnell said they plan to update some exterior and interior design features at The Mandalay as well.

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Premier Health announces major growth in health care options

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:07 AM


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UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. Friday.

Miami Valley Hospital is recorded as the buyer of 4.58 acres of land on Miamisburg-Springboro Road/Austin Boulevard, for $850,000.

The parcel is between Byers Road and Interstate 75, on the north side of Austin Boulevard.

The sale was recorded Friday.

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Premier Health has plans to grow its reach in several Dayton area suburbs, offering additional health care services at five different locations.

The company announced Thursday it will start building a new $12 million emergency center near Austin Landing in Miamisburg next week and has plans to open four urgent care locations in Englewood, Miamisburg, Springboro and Vandalia.

The freestanding emergency center, called Miami Valley Hospital Austin Boulevard Emergency Center, will be located west of Interstate 75 near the Motoman Robotics plant. It is expected to open in September 2018 and will offer 24-hour emergency care.

The new facility will include 11 emergency beds, including two trauma bays. It will be staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians from Miami Valley Hospital, the location of Dayton’s only Level I Trauma Center, according to Premier.

The emergency center will have imaging technology including CT scans and X-ray, lab services, and CareFlight Air and Mobile Services transportation for patients who need hospitalization. It will also link to Premier Health’s TeleStroke Network, a patient-focused technology that connects stroke specialists via computer to providers at the point of care, according to Premier.

“We are looking forward to serving Miamisburg and surrounding communities with high quality emergency care and access to the region’s only Level I trauma center at Miami Valley Hospital,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO, Premier Health. “The optimal health of those in our community is at the center of everything we do, and we remain committed to providing access to emergency and preventive care to patients when they need it, where they need it.”

Skanska has been named the general contractor for the project.

Premier Physician Network, which is operated by Premier Health, has started construction on four urgent care locations as part of the company’s strategy to bring more access points to patients.

Patients will be able to register for an appointment time online and wait at their home up until the time of their appointment. Walk-in appointments will also be available, the company said.

Ferguson Construction was named the contractor for the urgent cares, which will cost between $250,000 to $300,000 to build out, the company said.

The four urgent cares will be located at 1130 S. Main St. in Englewood, 8 Prestige Plaza in Miamisburg, 752 N. Main St. in Springboro and 6700 Commerce Center Drive in Butler Twp. in the Miller Lane area. The locations will operate Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Each Premier Health Urgent Care will be staffed by local, certified advanced practice providers.

Premier Health is the largest private employer in the region that operates four hospitals, a network of primary and specialty care practices, and a home health service.

Goodwill opens in Oakwood

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 9:35 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:12 PM


            A Goodwill Easter Seals store has opened on Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood.
A Goodwill Easter Seals store has opened on Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood.

A Goodwill Easter Seals store has opened on Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood.

The store, located at 2322 Far Hills Ave., officially opened about two weeks ago but celebrated with a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this week. Goodwill Easter Seals, which takes donations and also sells clothing and other items, has locations across the Miami Valley.

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The Oakwood store will operate as a “boutique” and will not change the way Goodwill is priced, according to property owner Kevin Manley. The Dayton Daily News covered the story first.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley serves people with disabilities and other needs in 23 Ohio counties and numerous local communities, from Lima in the north, Middletown in the south, Greenville in the west, and Urbana and Bellefontaine in the east.

Complete Petmart occupied the building until 2011, when Petco bought the Petmart chain. Petco left last November.

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