According to a forecast by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Ohio’s major cities will experience heavy job losses this year:
- Cleveland, with a current workforce of 1.06 million jobs, will lose 22,200 jobs.
- Cincinnati (1.04 million workforce) will lose 20,500 jobs.
- Columbus (948,000 workforce) will lose 7,700 jobs.
Small comfort: It’s worse in New York City, which will probably lose 181,000 jobs, many of them in the financial services industry, which some blame for the current economic mess.
With the ranks of out-of-work Ohioans rising to almost unprecedented levels, the state is having trouble keeping up with demand for unemployment services. Unemployed Ohioans use a web-enabled computer system for filing and updating unemployment claims. Traffic was so high recently that the servers that power the system temporarily crashed.
New York and North Carolina experienced similar service outages.