WLMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio community that became a national focal point for demonstrating the pain of recession job loss is making a slow comeback.
In Wilmington city hall's front windows, placards keep a running tally of new jobs. So far this year, the number is 139. Mayor Randy Riley tells the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/14Z6bJ1 ) it's a small way to focus on good news.
When DHL decided to move its package delivery operations out of the Wilmington Air Park amid the recession, the resulting loss of some 8,000 jobs sent the unemployment rate soaring into high double digits. National news media reported from Wilmington, and celebrities such as Jay Leno and Rachael Ray came to the community to help.
But a variety of employers are adding jobs, and unemployment is dropping.
Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com