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More than 16,000 new businesses created in Ohio last month, state data shows

More new businesses are coming to Ohio, according to new data from Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

LaRose announced this week that 16,571 new businesses were created in January 2022, marking a 32 percent increase from December 2021. The number was also higher than that of January 2021.

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“The pandemic and record-breaking inflation are certainly making it a challenge for job creation, but Ohio entrepreneurs are showing that they are optimistic about what they can accomplish in our great state,” LaRose said in a statement.

January’s number of new businesses was higher than the monthly average in 2021. According to LaRose, 197,010 new businesses were created in 2021, averaging out to 16,417 per month.

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“As I travel Ohio, I’m always on the lookout for new small businesses to support. That’s what it’s all about – supporting your community and the people in it who are taking a chance to realize their dream, and more people than ever are doing it right here in Ohio,” LaRose said.

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